Dinner time made easy with Sausage and Penne

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I don’t know about you, but there is nothing worse than coming home after a long day at work and having to start a whole new job at figuring out what to make for dinner.  I would much rather be spending my time with my son and hearing how his day was than over a hot stove.  He tends to be a picky eater too and that doesn’t help either.

I love it when I can throw together a meal that is not only quick and easy but tastes great too.  I am sure all you other Mom’s (and Dad’s) can agree with me on this one.    I am forever scouring Pinterest and my fellow bloggers sites for new and exciting dinner ideas.    My recipe for Sausage and Penne is more of a kitchen sink kind of meal than an actual “recipe”.  It can vary from each time I make it depending on what I have in the fridge at the time.

This recipe actually came about at me from a suggestion of a friend.  That particular evening I was planning to cook sausages and made a comment about how my son didn’t like them barbecued.  She made a comment about crumbling the sausage and adding it to pasta and voila, this recipe has become a staple in our home.

I usually take 4 sausage links and remove the skin from them.  (I tend to use 2 regular Italian and 2 hot Italian so it’s not too spicy.)  I break it up in a frying pan and cooked it thoroughly.

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At the same time, I start boiling water for the pasta.  My preference is penne but you can use whatever you have handy in the cupboard.  Like I said, it’s a kitchen sink version.  Never the same twice.    I used about 2 1/2 cups of uncooked pasta.  This usually does enough for both of us to eat and leftovers for my lunch for a day or two.

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After the pasta is cooked and drained, I add the cooked (and well drained) sausage into the pot with the pasta.  Now this is where you can get creative with the recipe.  I then add about  2/3 of a jar of pasta sauce and combine everything really well.

My son and I like cheese with our pasta so depending on what I have on hand, I add it in.  This time I added a large handful of shredded mozzarella and about a 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese.

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I put the pot back on low-medium heat and stir everything together for about 5 minutes until the cheese is gooey and melted and everything is hot.

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Top it off with a little of the grated mozzarella and a little Parmesan and serve with some veggies and dip on the side or a nice roll and voila, dinner is served!  It’s a easy dinner that we both enjoy.  Most often seconds are requested.

Sure this isn’t a rocket science recipe and has been done a million different ways before, but if you are like me and not the most creative in the kitchen after a long day at work, ideas like this are very much appreciated in my world.

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Sausage and Penne
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Remove skin from sausages. Break up and brown in frying pan until fully cooked.
  2. Boil water and cook pasta until soft. Drain completely.
  3. With pot removed from heat, add drained sausage to pasta. Stir well.
  4. Add pasta sauce to mixture and mix all together.
  5. Add cheese and return pot to medium-low heat.
  6. Stir and heat until cheese is melted and sauce is hot.
  7. Top with additional mozzarella or Parmesan (optional) and serve!
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5 comments

  1. Kristen says:

    I make something just like this, except with beef and in the stove! I’ll have to try it your way and see if it’s as good as it looks! Thanks for co-hosting with us for #mommatime!

  2. Matilda Togiai says:

    My go to dinners always involves pasta and some sauce. Its quick, easy, delicious and healthy. I always try to chuck in tons of veggies, especially ones that wilt down (like spinach) which makes it for better hiding hehe.

  3. Corinne says:

    I love nice, easy and QUICK dinner ideas, thanks for sharing. We’ll be adding this to our list. At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is make a meal with lots of ingredients that takes a lot of time!

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