Italian Sausage and Penne

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Italian Sausage and Penne - a delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with broccoli, tomatoes, sausage, cheese and more making it a new favorite dinner recipe!

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:

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Italian Sausage and Penne
 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to box.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat sausage in a large skillet until cooked through. Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, broccoli, cream and shredded cheese. Cook for 10 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  4. Add pasta and toss to coat. Sprinkle with more cheese before serving. ENJOY!

Adapted from Pillsbury

Italian Sausage and Penne - a delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with broccoli, tomatoes, sausage, cheese and more making it a new favorite dinner recipe!

Italian Sausage and Penne - a delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with broccoli, tomatoes, sausage, cheese and more making it a new favorite dinner recipe!

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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Italian Sausage and Penne - a delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with broccoli, tomatoes, sausage, cheese and more making it a new favorite dinner recipe!

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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.
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Kristyn is passionate about sharing ALL things creative! From recipes and tips to crafts and DIY projects, Kristyn loves to share with her readers how to be creative and how to do things simply. When not creating, she is busy going on adventures with her 5 children (ages 9 to 2) and with her best friend/husband, Lorin.

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  1. 1

    I’m in. So much in love with dishes containing Italian sausages ! Thank you so much !
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  2. 3

    Hi Kristyn, loved the picture on Italian Sausage & Penne so being Italian had to give this recipe a look over. Liked what I read, but made a few additions. Cooked a whole pound of Penne, increased the broccoli to 3 cups,, 1-1/2 cups of Heavy cream, Italian Seasonings, Basil, 2 cups of mushrooms,
    and 1 cup of beautiful White Wine. Italians love wine. end result, Fantastical…….Very tasty especially with Shredded Mozz cheese. Can’t wait til tomorrow once it has a chance in the Fridge to meld all the flavors together. Pasta for me is even better the next day. Recipe is a keeper, Oh, I forgot to say I added some sugar to offset the diced tomatoes. Sometimes they are too tart…..Ciao

  3. 5

    Kristyn;
    Love all the food presentation you have here on your website. Are you sure your not Italian, LOL
    Going to give them all a try and will let you know if they pass my Grandma’s muster!!! LOL
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