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skillet with penne sausage dinner in it

Skillet Penne and Sausage Dinner

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  • Total Time: 30 minutes


This skillet penne & sausage dinner is so delicious and so simple to make.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb hot or sweet Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, rinsed and finely chopped
  • 8 ounces penne (2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (5 ounce) bag baby spinach (I only used half the bag)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned and no longer pink about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
  3. Sprinkle the tomatoes and penne evenly over the sausage. Pour the broth and cream over the pasta Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Stir in the spinach, a handful at at time, and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the Parmesan and season with salt and pepper to taste.


I used sweet Italian Sausage but will use spicy next time. We loved this but I think it would be even better with a bit of a kick from spicy sausage.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Pasta