Sausage with Pasta in Tomato-Cream Sauce

Portion: 4 entrees


1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1⁄2 cup dry white wine
1 14 1⁄2 -ounce can peeled and diced tomatoes (with juices)
1⁄2 cup light cream
1⁄2 cup fresh basil, chopped (divided)
1⁄2 pound penne rigate pasta (or other tubular pasta)
1⁄2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (divided)


  1. Squeeze the sausage from the casing into a large skillet. Over medium heat, saute the sausage, onion and garlic together. Continue to saute until the sausage is lightly brown, about 7 minutes.
  2. Drain the drippings from the skillet. Add wine to sausage and simmer about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices and simmer about 3 more minutes. Reduce the heat to low and stir in cream. Stir and simmer for about 5 minutes. Mix in 1⁄4 cup chopped basil and reduce heat to warm. Stir in 1⁄4 cup Parmesan.
  3. Meanwhile, cook penne pasta according to package directions, about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain.
  4. Divide pasta into 4 warm pasta bowls or entree plates. Ladle about 1 cup sauce atop each bowl of pasta. Sprinkle each portion with 1 tablespoon each Parmesan and basil. Serve hot. If desired, garnish with fresh whole basil leaves.

NOTE: Dried basil may be substituted for fresh. Use 1 tablespoon dried basil in step 2 and sprinkle 1⁄2 teaspoon basil atop each bowl in step 4.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories 571
Protein 27 grams
Carbohydrates 55 grams
Fat Total 26 grams
Cholesterol 75 mg
Sodium 916 mg
National Hot Dog & Sausage Council 


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