0
Mains

Whole Wheat Penne with Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce

Whole Wheat Penne with Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce | Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe | Italian Sausage Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

I’ve been really into quick and easy dishes lately. I’m sure you can tell. I’ve been posting nothing but simple, easy recipes for the past few weeks, and this one is no different. It came from an attempt to use up leftover pasta sauce and Italian sausage that was in the freezer on a what-the-heck-am-I-going-to-cook-for-dinner kind of night.

Whole Wheat Penne with Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce | Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe | Italian Sausage Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

I’m sure most of you can relate. Even after spending an hour meal planning and several hours grocery shopping and cleaning out the fridge, all in an attempt to prevent us from having to scrounge for crumbs in the cabinet, I still manage to have so many of those nights. And, I still experience a little twinge of panic every time.

Whole Wheat Penne with Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce | Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe | Italian Sausage Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

But, sometimes those nights turn out to be the best nights, just like this one did. There’s no recipe following, note-taking or adjustment making. It’s just me, in the kitchen, doing what I love most. I just cook. And, I ended up with this delicious Italian sausage tomato sauce, an easier sausage-based version of my favorite bolognese sauce.  It works so well with the heartiness of the whole wheat pasta, and the added flavors from the sausage completely eliminate the need for parmesan cheese on top (although, you can totally add it if you want).

Whole Wheat Penne with Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce | Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe | Italian Sausage Recipe | ateaspoonofhappiness.com

Of course, after sitting down and actually eating this dish, I knew I had to share it with you. So I ended up making a few notes after all, just so I didn’t forget what I had done. But, for a few brief moments, I forgot all about recipe writing and development, and I just enjoyed something I had made. It was strangely satisfying.

Don’t get me wrong though, I love recipe writing and everything that goes with it. It’s just nice to take a break once in a while, and just enjoy the food.

More dairy free pasta recipes: tomato artichoke penne / slow cooker beef ragu / shrimp fettuccini / pasta carbonara

Print

Whole Wheat Penne with Italian Sausage Tomato Sauce


  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 -6 1x
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce package whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage meat (or sausage removed from casings)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup prepared pasta sauce (I used Barilla)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse or kosher salt (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until brown, breaking the meat up as it cooks. When sausage is no longer pink, add minced garlic. Continue to cook the sausage until a golden brown color has developed, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, pasta sauce, basil and salt. Reduce heat to medium and simmer sauce until the pasta is ready.
  4. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Add parsley and stir to combine.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Last Updated on

  • Reply
    Katie @ Beyond the Clothing
    February 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I love nights where the “what the heck do I have” recipe turns out really delicious. This looks beautiful and like something I could even make a big batch of and freeze portions for my daughter’s lunches. So good and so simple. Really the best kind of comfort food.

    xoxo
    Katie

  • Reply
    Annie @ The Garlic Diaries
    February 23, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Yum! I can never have too many pasta recipes :), and this one looks absolutely mouthwatering!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      February 24, 2015 at 5:08 am

      I agree! I’m always working on new ones. I just can’t get enough. 🙂

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Bakerita
    February 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    This looks so delicious! Love that you used whole wheat pasta, and that sauce looks too good.

  • Reply
    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    February 24, 2015 at 5:40 am

    It has been so cold in the North East this winter. All I want to eat is comfort food. I don’t eat red meat, but there are so many options now regarding turkey and chicken sausages. I’ll looking forward to trying this soon. 🙂

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      February 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Yes! You could definitely do this with a white meat sausage 🙂 I hope it warms up for you soon!

  • Reply
    ohmydish.com
    February 24, 2015 at 6:24 am

    This is a perfect example of why simple recipes are often the best!

  • Reply
    Mischa @ Accidental Farm Wife
    February 24, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I have been craving a dish just like this! I love the wholesome, fresh flavors that make this so simple and delicious.

    p.s. Congrats on your hubby being on TV!!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      February 24, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Oh haha. Thanks. It was all in French so I couldn’t really understand any of it, but it was still cool!

  • Reply
    Ciao Florentina
    February 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Looks amazing! I just wanna dive in , thank you!

Leave a Reply

Make dairy free easy!

Sign up and get fresh, dairy free recipes delivered straight to your inbox.