Penne in Cream Sauce with Sausage

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

From Bon Appetit.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter with oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add sausage, onion and garic and saute until golden brown and tender, about 7 minutes.
  3. Drain any excess dripping from skillet.
  4. Add wine to skillet and boil until almost all liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes with juices and simmer 3 minutes.
  6. Add cream and simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in 4 tablespoons parsley.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling, salted water until firm to bite.
  11. Drain; transfer to large bowl.
  12. Bring sauce to simmer.
  13. Pour sauce over pasta.
  14. Add 3/4 cup cheese and toss to coat.
  15. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup cheese and 2 tablespoons parsley.


Most Helpful

I have been making this dish for some years now....finding it in the Bon Appetit archives. I did made one small change the original recipe it calls for hot Italian sausage, I used mild (personal preference). This is fast, easy and really good!

Abby Girl April 06, 2010

I made this as directed, but made a few changes. Instead of the diced tomatoes in tomato puree, I used a jar of roasted tomato Ragu pasta sauce. Instead of whipping cream, I made my own cream with boiled milk, powdered milk and butter. I didn't have fresh parsley, so I used dried parsley. I used whole wheat penne and added some cheese tortellini for a surprise. The only thing is that the sausage could have been better. I'm not sure if I got the wrong sausage because I wasn't able to remove the casings. If I did, it would have fallen apart. They were links in a package stated mild Italian sausage. Suggestions on this would be helpful since this is really why it only gets 4 stars. I served this with garlic toast with melted cheese on top and side salad with Italian dressing. The whole meal was a huge hit. I'm sure it will be even better tomorrow when the flavors blend together better. Can't wait!

Concoctionista March 03, 2008

This was easy, fast, and to be repeated I'm sure. Because I made this with ingredients I had in the cupboard, I used red wine and 2% Carnation, but since the meal was such a success with these changes, I feel confident the recipe is a 5 star as written. Thank you AngelicFantasia for submitting.

Sweet Baboo August 18, 2007

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