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Zesty Penne, Sausage and Peppers


"This lively sauce uses cream cheese to create a rich, velvety texture like your favorite vodka sauce."
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30 m servings 765 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Calories:
  • 765 kcal
  • 38%
  • Fat:
  • 37.8 g
  • 58%
  • Carbs:
  • 75.4g
  • 24%
  • Protein:
  • 31 g
  • 62%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 86 mg
  • 29%
  • Sodium:
  • 1914 mg
  • 77%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into large skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 8 min. or until done. Drain. Add bell peppers; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in next 3 ingredients; cook 5 min. or until heated through. Add cream cheese; cook 2 min. or until melted, stirring frequently.
  3. Drain pasta. Add to sausage mixture; mix lightly. Top with Parmesan.


  • Kraft Kitchens Tips
  • Size-Wise
  • You'll know it's a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this easy-to-prepare meal!
  • Variation
  • Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese or 1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese

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I made this last night and it was really good and made a ton of food. I did change a few things though so I put the changes below. I used hot Italian sausage instead of regular. After crumblin...

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This was just OK. It turned out really sweet. I used Prego sauce so maybe that was it, but I wish it would have been a little zippier.

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I made this last night and it was really good and made a ton of food. I did change a few things though so I put the changes below. I used hot Italian sausage instead of regular. After crumblin... have to try to this recipe. Sooooo simple and good! I did the recipe as stated except for the red pepper flakes. I don't like spicy anything but DH added it to his serving. We bot...

This was really very good and easy to prepare! I didn't change anything except I forgot to put the parmesan cheese on it at the end, but it was good without it! I figured we could add our own ...

My son and I had this the first day of us "Batching" it because Mom and Daughter were away. My son's reaction was overwhelming. It's probably the best pasta dish he's ever eaten. It only gets b...

This is absolutely wonderful! I didn't have fennel seed, so left it out and substituted tomato sauce and Italian seasoning for the spagetti sauce. My husband was begging for more! Will defini...

I was looking for a sausage casserole recipe when I came across this...what a surprise. This was super delicious & easy to make. Since I didn't have a red pepper, I used 1-1/2 green peppers, ...

Yummy I added mushrooms and garlic.

Quick, easy and yummy.

Delicious!! This is the first meal my boyfriend and I have cooked up together and we were both very impressed with ourselves with the end result :] Its funny that this recipe is posted by Philad...