Hearty Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Sausage Recipe

Hearty Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Sausage Recipe

  • Makes: 4-6 Servings
  • Ready In: 1 hr 5 mins
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins

You will love this meal. It’s simple. It’s quick. It’s hearty and affordable. You’ll spend about $15 and get a huge pasta meal that feeds 6. If you’re feeding fewer

people, you’ll have leftovers, which also taste great cold! And, if you want to save a few bucks and keep it vegetarian, skip the sausage. It’s still delicious.

    Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 464
  • Fat: 17g
  • Protein: 24g
  • Sodium: 950mg
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g


  1. 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
    1/3 c olive oil, plus more for sauteing sausage
    1 lb penne
    1 lb sweet italian sausage (turkey or pork), cut into 1" pieces (optional)
    7 oz ricotta (about 1/2 of a 15 oz container)
    salt and pepper


    1. Heat oven to 400 degrees and roast tomatoes: throw them in a roasting pan with 1/3 c olive oil and a healthy sprinkle of salt.
    2. Cook for 45 minutes, unattended.
    3. 15 minutes into your roasting time, put a large pot of salted water on medium-high heat (about 6 quarts water to 2 tablespoons salt).
    4. Bring to a boil. Add penne and cook until al dente.
    5. Drain, saving a mugful of cooking water.
    6. Set pasta aside.
    7. Very lightly coat the bottom of the pot you cooked your pasta in with olive oil.
    8. When hot, add sausage and saute until cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
    9. Use a slotted spoon to remove cooked sausage from pot and drain remaining fat.
    10. Return pasta to pot. Add sausage and roasted tomatoes, complete with oil and accumulated juices.
    11. Stir in ricotta and season with salt and pepper.
    12. The oil and juices from the tomatoes should thin the ricotta nicely. If not -- if it's too thick -- use some of the reserved pasta cooking water to thin it to your desired consistency.

Stacie Billis

Stacie Billis is a child development specialist and family food expert with a national client practice, as well as the voice behind award-winning site One Hungry Mama where she serves up easy tips and healthy recipes for the family kitchen.

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