Zesty Penne Pasta - Light

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by megs_

I found this recipe in a magazine, in a Philly (cream cheese) ad. I modified it to make it healthier, and was honestly WOW-ed when I tried it - it's that good! Hope it WOW-s you too!

Top Review by Heathen Mama

I made this last night for the kids. I'm sheepishly reporting that I did make it with regular penne, regular cream cheese, and regular sausage. I halved the crushed reds, too. They loved it! I think this recipe could really be adapted, too. I think sauteed peppers, mushrooms and onions would be delicious in this dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups whole wheat penne, uncooked
  • 1 lb reduced-fat pork sausage, Jimmy Dean
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, I use Prego Heart-Smart
  • 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 14 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions.
  2. While that cooks, brown sausage in a pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. When sausage is fully cooked, add spaghetti sauce & red chili pepper flakes. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add cream cheese to sauce, stir well for 2 minutes.
  5. Drain pasta and mix well with sauce. Top with parmesan, let stand on LOW heat for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

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