Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

The original recipe got some flat reviews, so I spiced things up a bit with some added garlic and basil…no flat reviews in our house. Yum!

1 (12 ounce) package dry penne pasta
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and basil
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Heat oil in a large, deep skillet. Place sausage, onion and garlic in the skillet and cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain excess fat.

Pour in wine, and cook for 1 minute, stirring, to deglaze the pan. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Toss with cooked pasta, and place in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle top with mozzarella.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Did I change anything? I added the garlic and also changed the type of diced tomatoes to ones that have a little more flavor.

What did the family think? Hubby and our oldest went back to seconds and our oldest also asked to have the leftovers in his thermos the next day. This was a hit with everyone!

Where did this recipe come from? Allrecipes

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