Monday, September 10, 2012

Penne with Tomatoes, Spicy Sausage, and Cream

I don't tend to cook pasta very often as much as I enjoy it. These days I seem to be having a love affair with chicken and my crock pot! I decided to take a break from those two and make a hearty pasta dish. I'm so glad I did! This pasta dish was fantastic and I'm glad I used hot Italian sausage since it gave this dish a nice kick. I'll be making this one again very soon!

Penne with Tomatoes, Spicy Sausage, and Cream

1 16 oz box Penne Pasta
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound hot Italian sausage, crumbled
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups peeled, seeded and diced tomatoes, fresh or canned
3/4 cup cream
A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook until the fat is rendered and the juices have evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper flakes,  and cook, until the garlic is nicely browned. Add the tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sauce thickens, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the cream and half of the Parmigiano Reggiano and stir together. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the pasta, put it back in the pan and toss with the tomato sauce. Place on a platter, sprinkle with the remaining Parmigiano Reggiano and serve immediately.


  1. Italian food is always a hit at our house! Pinned!

  2. Pasta again! I love it, it sounds delicious!!! unfortunately I'm the only one in the house who would eat it.


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