Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Skillet Penne and Sausage

This dish is quick and easy because everything 
cooks in one skillet. It gets it's great flavor 
from sun-dried tomatoes
along with fresh spinach, and garlic. 
 You'll also need Italian sausage-sweet or hot. 
(I used a combo of both), milk, chicken broth,
parmesan cheese, olive oil and salt.
 Chopped onion, garlic and sun dried tomatoes.
 I like to evenly divide the penne into two jars. 
This easily measures out the 8oz.
(I use lots of these jars for storage) 
This way I'll  have another 8oz ready to go.
 Heat the olive oil in a large 12" skillet until 
shimmering. Add the onion and 1/2t salt
 and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Squeeze the sausage out of it's casing and 
brown, breaking it up with a wooden spoon
 until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, 
about 15 seconds. 
 Sprinkle on the sun-dried tomatoes. 
I will chop them next time. These were too big.
Now here's the fun  part......
 Sprinkle the penne evenly over the sausage.
No need to mess with another pot to cook 
the pasta. You could do this whole dinner in an
 electric skillet anywhere.
 Now pour 2C of chicken broth over the pasta,
 I used one small can.
 Pour the milk over. I used whole milk even 
though we don't drink it. We drink skim. 
I'll use the rest in other dishes like pancakes 
or mashed/scalloped potatoes, oatmeal. 
But you can use whatever you have.
 Bring to a simmer and cover.
 Let simmer for about 15 minutes until 
the pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the fresh spinach a handful at
 a time and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes.
 Stir in the parmesan cheese. 
 Taste first to see if it needs a bit more 
salt and pepper. It will depend on the sausage, 
broth and cheese that you've used.
Crusty bread and a salad are all that's needed. 
That is if you want to mess up another  bowl.

Skillet Penne and Sausage
.....a one pot dish.....
1T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2t salt
1 lb Italian sausage, sweet or hot, casing removed
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 C sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, rinsed and chopped
8 oz penne or similar pasta
2 C low sodium chicken broth
1 C milk
1 bag fresh baby spinach, (5-6oz)
1 oz parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 C)
1. Heat the oil in a large 12" skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and salt cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Squeeze the sausage from the casing and add to the pan, breaking up with a wooden spoon until browned, about 4 minutes.
3. Stir in the garlic and cook another 15 seconds until fragrant. Sprinkle the sun-dried tomatoes and the penne evenly over the sausage.
4. Pour the broth and milk evenly over the pasta. Bring to a simmer and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
6. Stir in the spinach a handful at a time and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. stir in
the parmesan cheese and taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper if desired.
serves 4-6



  1. Rita, This recipe is right up my alley!! Your pictures are fantastic too.

  2. WOW, Rita, my kind of dinner. It loooks so appealing and appetizing, few ingredients and who doesn't love pasta. I am copy and pasting. Thank you for sharing this wonderful dish.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  3. This looks great. I do something similar too, but I will try your version. Found you through Foodie Friday today.

  4. If it has pasta in it then I know I will love this recipe! Thanks for sharing this at the Open House party.

  5. Thus looks do yummy. I love sausage and penne pasta, so I will definitely try this. I am your newest follower. I hope you come by to visit.

  6. hello Rita
    wow, I can't help drooling. I just love the penne and sausage
    Well done!
    If you submitted your skillet penne and sausage photos to , I'll bet they will make you on the home page.
    Gosh, you have made me sooo hungry !

  7. Its good but can you give me some more tips for Classic Family Recipes.

  8. This is looking very tasty and give a different taste :)

  9. I made this today and it's fantastic. I diced up 2 fresh tomatoes and threw them in instead of sun-dried ones (had a bucket of tomatoes fresh from the garden so HAD to use them LOL Yum!). It was still delicious and best part = only one pan to wash. Win!
    Thanks again Rita.

  10. i like this type of recipes :) thanks for sharing

  11. This is looking very tasty and give a different taste :)

  12. This recipe looks really delicious! I am going to make one for myself soon!