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Why can dinner be so hard sometimes?!
Over the years we have collected a number of recipes that the whole family loves, but even then, I find myself dreading dinner some nights. I have those FEW nights where I am on top of things and have dinner in the crock pot early in the morning, and then I have those times where cereal is looking like a very likely option for dinner. Any way – I digress… even though we have collected delicious dinner ideas, I’m usually tired or feel sick of the “same” recipes we use each month. I’m sure you can relate, because I have heard other moms who have the same problem.
At least, I have pasta. I say this because it’s one of the few recipes I change up often and it still gets eaten by all the kids in the crew. It’s a bit of a surprise with five kids, but today’s recipe was another one we recently tried that the whole family likes. I admit a few of the kids gawked at the broccoli, but I just told them to push it to the side (you have to pick your battles, right?!) This Italian Sausage and Penne was simple and flavorful. I like thick, creamy sauces, but this one was light and delicious. I guess it helped me not feel so guilty eating it. 😉 You can change it up based on the ingredients you add or the amount of cheese. Next time, I’m thinking I will try adding asparagus instead of broccoli. No matter how you make, I hope it’s another dish you can add to the meal rotation.
Here is the printable recipe:
- 8 ounces penne pasta, uncooked
- 1 pound hot (or mild) Italian sausage
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 - 14 oz. cans seasoned diced tomatoes
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- ½ cup Italian cheese blend
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Cook pasta according to box.
- While pasta is cooking, heat sausage in a large skillet until cooked through. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, broccoli, cream and shredded cheese. Cook for 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
- Add pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with more cheese before serving. ENJOY!
Adapted from Pillsbury.
We ended up using mild sausage because the kids think hot sausage is too spicy, but we may try chicken next time. 😉
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