Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This luscious pasta dish is one I've avoided making recently; it's not exactly a lowfat dinner and I feel guilty serving it to my husband -- neither of us should be eating such a high calorie meal. But it's so, so good! Even though I can't claim it's part of a healthy diet, I hope you try it at least once -- it's a fast, easy dish, after all! I serve this with a simple green salad.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the penne until al dente; drain well and do NOT rinse.
  2. After you put the water on to boil, remove sausage meat from the casings, crumble, and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add garlic and cayenne and saute for approximately 30 seconds, then add sausage meat to skillet.
  5. Cook until sausage meat is no longer pink (about 5 minutes or so).
  6. Add cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg to skillet and turn heat to high to bring mixture to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer, gently, until the cream reduces and the sauce thickens a bit; it takes about 10 minutes.
  8. Place cooked penne in a large serving bowl (it's nice if you warm it first) and pour sauce over; add butter and cheese to bowl and combine all well.
  9. Taste; add more salt and/or pepper if you wish.
  10. Sprinkle chopped herbs over top and serve.


Most Helpful

This dish was fantastic. I added more garlic, becasue we love it here, and did not have cayenne, but substitued chili powder. Also, I am a vegetarian, so I used seitan instead of traditional sausage and added about 1/4 cup of red onion in with the garlic. It was awesome!!!!

emily in massachusettes April 12, 2003

Delicious! I added a little more basil and a swirl of EVOO at the end. A new family favorite!

mqulemom October 25, 2013

Our family really likes this recipe. It isn't low fat, but some fat is good... right. I also made for a family that needed a meal. They loved it and asked for the recipe! It was a great left-over!

Lgerebi June 02, 2010

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