Pasta comes in a close second behind chicken on dishes we eat so I’m always on the lookout for something beyond the basic spaghetti with jarred sauce. I was happy when I saw this recipe for Penne and Italian Sausage in a Tomato Cream Sauce because I knew my family would love it.
This meal comes together quickly and the sauce is whipped up in the time it takes the pasta to cook. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread and you have a family pleasing meal on the table in less than 45 minutes.
You don’t have to use penne in the dish. Rigatoni, ziti, or something similar would work just as well .
Penne and Italian Sausage in a Tomato Cream Sauce
- 1 pound Italian sausage removed from casings
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 15 ounce can Italian diced tomatoes
- 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce- yup the plain stuff
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 12 ounces dried penne or similar pasta
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish if desired.
Cook pasta in salted boiling water, drain and set aside.
While pasta is cooking, crumble sausage into a medium skillet over medium high heat.
Add onions and garlic and cook for 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked and onions are soft and translucent. Drain off any fat from the pan.
Add undrained diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to sausage. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Stir the half and half and basil into sauce and warm through.
Pour sauce over pasta and stir well to coat.
Sprinkle individual servings with shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese if desired.