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Skillet Penne with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Skillet Penne with Creamy Tomato Sauce
 

Skillet Penne with Creamy Tomato Sauce
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Author: Adapted from Sandra Lee
This recipe is a definite keeper. Takes weeknight pasta dinner to a very delicious place.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, small dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 6 each Italian turkey sausages, casings removed and crumbled.
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • ¼ cup of whatever creamy-ness you have on hand: half and half, heavy cream, Greek yogurt
  • 1 bunch basil, chiffonade
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium-large skillet. Add sausage and cook until no pink is showing.
  3. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Stir.
  5. Add garlic, cook 1 minute more.
  6. Add can of crushed tomatoes, stirring all ingredients together to combine.
  7. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  8. Season with salt and paper.
  9. Stir in creamy-ness and basil. Mix well.
  10. Add the pasta directly to the skillet and stir to combine.
  11. Garnish with parmesan cheese.