Penne with Sausage


5 8oz. Sweet Italian Sausages, casings removed
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
yellow onion, finely chopped
2 T. olive oil
1 16oz. jar of good quality marinara sauce (we use Trader Joe’s)
2 pinches Kosher salt
1 1lb. Penne
½ c. freshly grated parmesan cheese


1. In a large saute pan heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for one additional minute. Add the sausage and cook until the meat is browned and fully cooked through.
2. Next, add the marinara sauce and salt, lower the heat to the lowest setting. Cover with a lid and stir ocassionally, until sauce has thickened. Turn off heat. Place the sauce in the fridge until you are ready to heat in eat it if making this ahead of time.
3. Prepare penne according to package directions. Drain it and reserve 1 c. of pasta water. Add the penne to the sauce in the pan and swirl to incorporate. If sauce seems too thick thin it out with a few splashes of pasta water. Scoop into a pasta bowl, top with grated cheese and serve.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

We used Marinara sauce for this but you could use any flavored sauce you like. I really like Newman’s Own Cabernet Marinara and bet that would be fantastic. If you have more vegetables on hand then we did chop them up, saute them with the onions until soft. We like to eat this with a green salad and garlic bread.

Naptime Stopwatch

Preparing the sauce takes about 20 minutes, the swirl it with the fresh pasta and serve.

Naptime Reviews

This deconstructed pas dish is wonderful for both adults and children. Especially children who are still on soft food diets because of mouth injuries!

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