Friday, April 23, 2010

Italian Sausage Penne

This is a quick and simple meal to prepare if you have unexpected guests and only have a short amount of time. Last night, I only had about forty-five minutes to prepare and had to send the kids out to their school functions after dinner.  With a couple of their friends suddenly showed up, I had to come up with something quick.  I saw this dish from TV not too long ago and tried it for the first time.  We all loved it.


2 TBSP Olive oil
5 Fresh Italian sausages
2 Plum tomatoes, peeled and slice to cubes
1 Bunch arugula, rinsed and spun dry
1/2 cup White wine
1/2 to 1 cup Pasta water
1 TBSP Butter dip in flour
1 Box (14 oz.) Penne or other tubular pasta
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese


  1. Bring a pot of water to boiling.
  2. Cook penne according to package instruction with salt until al dante.
  3. Drain and transfer the cooked penne into a serving bowl.
  4. Heat oil in medium saute pan, saute sausage for 2 to 3 minuter or until partially cooked.
  5. Add arugula and saute until wilted.
  6. Add tomatoes, wine and enough pasta water to make a sauce, stirring to combine.
  7. Add butter and flour and stir to thicken sauce.
  8. Pour the mixture on top of cooked penne.
  9. Sprinkle some pasmesan cheese and serve warm.


I found the dish tasted better when you let the pasta sit a little longer in the sauce and serve with hot sauce.  You can use mild flavor of Italian sausage if you don't like hot and spicy food.

For more healthier meal, I use multigrain pasta with ALA  Omega-3. You can also skip the butter.  I didn't have arugula at home. I chopped up a bunch of romaine lettuce instead. I would add more lettuce next time.

The pasta water helped thicken the sauce. When adding flour, be sure to constantly stir the sauce to thicken it.

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