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Penne With Italian Sausage

Penne With Italian Sausage

A quick pasta dish perfect for weeknight family meals.

  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound sweet or mild Italian sausage, removed from the casings and coarsely crumbled or chopped
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

  • Add the pasta and 1 tablespoon of the salt and return to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 15 minutes.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the pot of pasta from the heat and drain the pasta away from you into a colander set in the sink. Return pasta to the pot but keep off the heat.

  • While the pasta is cooking, cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until evenly browned and cooked through, about 7 to 8 minutes.

  • Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden brown around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Add the garlic, the remaining teaspoon of salt, and the pepper and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

  • Add the sausage mixture to the pasta. Add the olive oil and the basil, and toss to coat evenly.

  • To serve, divide equal portions of the pasta mixture among plates or soup bowls. Garnish each serving with equal portions of the Parmesan cheese.

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