Italian Sausage Penne Recipe

Kristy Still | Mommy Hates Cooking

Italian Sausage Penne is one of those comfort dishes you need to have in your rotation. This version is gluten free, but easily made with...

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I think I may have cracked the picky eater code with my son and ground meats. Of course, this is only temporary; he seems to outsmart me frequently! I make a variety of recipes that involve ground meats, but my son immediately rejects them all and acts as though it’s a texture issue.

Several years now of trying to get him to try different foods, and we have a couple that he will eat as far as meats go, but ground meat is pretty much out. Then, I made this Italian Sausage Penne and my luck changed!

Italian Sausage Penne Picture

He saw it on the counter as I was getting plates ready to go for dinner and asked for some on his plate. This is unusual because typically he ends up with one of the few foods he will eat and the rest of us eat what I make.

I put some on his plate, trying not to get my hopes up, and then bite-by-bite he kept eating it, going on and on about how good it was. The only difference in this recipe as opposed to my other penne recipes was the meat. He loves sausage and apparently really loves Italian sausage!

I’m on to something now; I’m going to try using this sausage in a variety of other recipes that involve ground meats too. I am bound and determined to expand his very little array of foods he will try. Next on my list of things to try is this rigatoni with sausage - I'm hoping to have the same kind of luck. How bad is my picky eater? He says salad scares him. Yep, scared of lettuce. Nice!

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This recipe is so simple and yet so good; your picky eaters may surprise you! This Italian Sausage Penne is more of a staple around our house and recipes similar to it.

I love that I can quickly make pasta dishes such as this in just a few short minutes and have enough to eat for a couple of days. We can usually eat this for at least 2 days for a family of 4. That gives me a day off from cooking, and I’ll take it!

Time to eat! Be sure not to forget dessert: try this Butterfinger Cake too!

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Italian Sausage Penne Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage, ground
  • 16 ounces Gluten Free Penne
  • 1 24 ounce jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large skillet, spray it with non-stick spray and brown the sausage.
  3. Place the browned sausage on a paper-lined plate to drain the excess grease and set aside.
  4. While the sausage is browning, boil water in a large stockpot and prepare the pasta as according to the package.
  5. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, return it to the stockpot and add in the sausage.
  6. Pour in the marinara sauce and mix well.
  7. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and evenly pour in the pasta mixture.
  8. Top the pasta with mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  10. Serve Warm.


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Gluten Free
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Author: Kristy Still
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 128
Calories 448

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 483mg
Total Carbohydrate 52g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 8g
Protein 17g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Kristy Still

About Kristy

Kristy turned her hatred of cooking into a new outlet for creativity. Now that's the kind of attitude we're fanatical about! She blogs about all sorts of good food on Mommy Hates Cooking. On Food Fanatic, she's tackling all things Gluten Free.

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