December 7, 2015

Fast & Flavorful Penne for a Busy Holiday Season

Fast & Flavorful Penne for a Busy Holiday Season

There is no time like the present to break out the quick and delicious recipes. If you guys are like me then you are definitely in “go-time” mode, running around like mad and wondering if you are ever going to pull off the holidays. I don’t mind the quick pace of this season so long as I am able to get dinner on the table quickly and easily. I like to eat home cooked meals instead of take-out and today I am here to share a great recipe that fits the bill.

This fast and flavorful penne is easy and satisfying. It all starts with freshly cooked penne, a simple garlic white wine sauce, Johsonville ground Italian Sausage, and Parmesan cheese. I mean, we can’t go wrong with those kind of ingredients. Right? Right.

Italian Sausage Lasagna

The sausage is key for this dish because it is already flavored with Italian herbs and comes decased. That way I can toss it in the skillet and cook it up in just a few minutes. It doesn’t get more convenient! Then, I toss the cooked sausage, penne, and sauce together with some Parmesan cheese and dinner is served. So simple!

If you need more great meal ideas your family will love be sure to check out Johnsonville on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram. I’ll share another recipe that I love to make with their sausage soon!


Fast & Flavorful Penne for a Busy Holiday Season
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  • ¾ pound penne
  • 1 package Johnsonville ground Italian Sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. 1. Cook the pasta to al dente, drain, and set aside.
  2. 2. In large skillet, add the sausage and bring the heat to medium. Cook the sausage until browned and completely cooked through, breaking it up with your spoon as you go.
  3. 3. While sausage is cooking make the sauce: pour the olive oil to a small pan and warm it over medium heat. Add the garlic and red pepper and cook it for 2 minutes, making sure the garlic doesn't get too brown. Add the butter, salt, and pepper and cook until the butter has melted. Then add the white wine and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced by half.
  4. 4.In a large bowl toss the pasta, sauce, and cooked sausage. Sprinkle it all with the Parmesan and toss well. Serve warm!

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