Smoky Sausage Penne Recipe -
Smoky Sausage Penne Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Smoky Sausage Penne

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"Serve your family a cheesy casserole featuring pasta, pork, Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ creamy three cheese cooking sauce and tomatoes--a hearty dinner."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    40 mins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package. In large bowl, mix pasta, cooking sauce, sausage, tomatoes and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Spread in baking dish.
  3. Cover; bake 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until hot in center and bubbly around edges, sprinkling with remaining 1/2 cup cheese during last 5 minutes of baking.
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  • When cooking the pasta, cook only the minimum amount of time listed on the package; the pasta will continue to cook and absorb liquid while baking.
  • In this recipe, we drain the diced tomatoes so the red color in the tomato juice doesn't turn the sauce pink.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 08, 2012

I thought this was a pretty good recipe. However, it does come out kind of bland and lacking in seasoning. For me though, this is an extremely easy fix. I seasoned mine with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and some of my home made Italian seasoning (crushed sun dried tomatoes, basil, oregano, dried garlic, etc). I didn't have any smoked cheese, so I added a little bit of smoked paprika also. Still, this dish was really good and my family loved it. I suggest to anyone to experiment with it some more and make it their own.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2013

I think the main thing to remember here, is these starter sauces are not inteneded to make gourmet meals but to help busy people prepare and make a family dinner in a short period of time and with very little fuss. I could see the sauce was on the watery side so while the pasta was cooking I simmered the sauce and tomatoes with some black pepper to thicken it a little and It really did seem to make a difference. I also added grated parmesan. This turned out ok, nothing I would rush to make again but an edible family meal!


16 Ratings

Sep 10, 2012

Surprisingly good I have to admit I didn't think it would be. I did add chopped green peppers, garlic and sliced onion sautéed them all with the smoke sausage, then added cheese and Progresso Three Cheese Cooking Sauce and penne. followed direction and voila! Very good quick meal.

Sep 08, 2012

This dish is pretty darned good! I used fire roasted diced tomatos as that's what I had on hand, undercooked the pasta by 3 minutes and used a smoky cheddar which I doubled and it was really good. I wanted to eat a second serving but the richness of it kept me from being able to finish it all. My husband enjoyed it and told me he'd love for me to make this agin! I'd say tonight's dinner was a success!

Sep 12, 2012

This recipe was seriously saved, by the review of Terry E. I sauteed some roasted garlic chicken sausage, as that is what I had. I like sausage crisp, so I wasn't going to bake it raw. Like that reviewer I added the same additions: I did 1/2 green pepper sliced, 1 large garlic clove minced, and 1/4 small white onion sliced. After sauteing the sausage slices I turned the heat down and slightly caramelized those ingredients. I also added a pinch of garlic salt, and a 1/2 cup extra cheese to thicken it, as I found the sauce thin and in need of some extra flavor. I liked all of the ingredients, but there was an after taste of the tin can to the sauce. I am not against using canned sauces or soups, on occasion to save time, as long as they blend well with the rest of the ingredients in the dish. It was fine for my family, this evening, just not a dish I would serve to guests.

Sep 07, 2012

While I was waiting for the oven to preheat and the pasta to cook, I decided to brown up the smoked sausage in a skillet with some onion and garlic-it was a nice touch, both for the look of the sausage and the flavor additions of the onions and garlic. When stirring in the cheese, I felt the need to add more and am glad I did. Other than that, this would be better with fire roasted diced tomatoes instead of plain.

Jan 29, 2014

Used a jar sauce (4 cheese rosa) and chicken-pineapple sausage with 2/3 sharp cheddar and 1/3 smoked gouda.

Dec 20, 2013

Very easy, very good! I used a mix of sharp cheddar and Colby jack cheeses.


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  • Calories
  • 615 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.6 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 93 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 40.7 g
  • 63%
  • Fiber
  • 2.2 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 32.2 g
  • 64%
  • Sodium
  • 1816 mg
  • 73%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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