Monday, May 10, 2010

Skillet Penne and Sausage Dinner

When I stumbled across this recipe, I knew it was one that would be immediately popular with my family.  The creamy, sun-dried tomato sauce is the perfect pairing with the spice of the Italian Sausage.  By the time I added the spinach in, I was one happy camper!  The flavors had so much dimension and the colors looked beautiful on the finished plate.  Not only is it a quick meal to throw together, but it is a one-dish meal which earns even more points on a busy weeknight.  The whole meal came together well under 30 minutes and there was barely anything to clean up.

Skillet Penne and Sausage Dinner
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 pound sweet Italian Sausage (casings removed)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, rinsed and chopped fine
8 ounces penne 
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 (5 ounce) bag spinach
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Heat the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until simmering. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat, until no longer pink.  Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Sprinkle the tomatoes and pasta evenly over the sausage. Pour the broth and cream over the pasta. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the spinach a handful at a time and cook until wilted, about two minutes. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.  

Source: A Blog About Food, originally from America's Test Kitchen


  1. This looks so good and so easy! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you had a great mothers day!

  2. yum and I agree it looks so easy!

  3. Ooh.. this looks and sounds super yum.. Plus the timing couldn't have been better.. DH has been asking me to try out some new pasta recipes and this sounds like something he'd love.. Thanks for sharing.

  4. mmmm, it looks wonderful, i'm glad you liked it!

  5. Gosh, this looks good. I saw it on Teresa's blog and loved it; see it it here and love it here. time to make it so I can love it at my house, smiles.

  6. ooh this looks tasty! Too bad I've already had dinner :-)

  7. Made this last week and it was delish! I somehow left the sun dried tomatoes off my grocery list so they didn't make it to the dish but it still tasted great.

  8. I can tell that this will be popular with my family too-great recipe! Thanks for sharing it.

    Love your yummy blog too!

    Best wishes,

  9. I just had to bookmark this recipe! Im going to try and talk the hubby into making this for me on our date night this week. Thanks. I also wanted to let you know that Im having a recipe week over at where you can link up a favorite or most recent recipe. We would love to have you.

  10. thank you for posting this great recipe. do you remember where you find it at? what site? anyways I am totally going to be making this.

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