A hearty and simple Italian dish with a zesty touch! This recipe will win over your Valentine!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook mild and hot Italian sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until crumbly and no longer pink. Drain excess grease and set aside. Heat olive oil in the same pan over medium heat; stir in onion and garlic, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent.

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  • Stir in diced and sun-dried tomatoes, and the crumbled sausage; season with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes until sun-dried tomatoes have softened.

  • Before serving, stir in cream and garnish with cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

756 calories; protein 21.9g 44% DV; carbohydrates 29.4g 10% DV; fat 62.5g 96% DV; cholesterol 134.4mg 45% DV; sodium 1290.5mg 52% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2008
Wow this was great but I did make the following changes. I made a pound of penne I used only sweet italian sausage (though I think it would be great with the combo too). I used an entire onion. The sun-dried tomatoes that I used said packed with olive oil and HERBS as well as my diced canned tomatoes so I did not need to add any additional italian herbs. I drained most of the liquid out of the tomatoes (recipes doesn't indicate either way) and I skipped the cherry tomatoes. Because I skipped the cherry tomatoes I cut back a bit on the cream so the sauce wouldn't be too thin. I think next time I will simmer the sauce a little longer before adding the cream because my husband felt the sun-dried tomatoes were still a little firm. I will definitely make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2008
Wow this was great but I did make the following changes. I made a pound of penne I used only sweet italian sausage (though I think it would be great with the combo too). I used an entire onion. The sun-dried tomatoes that I used said packed with olive oil and HERBS as well as my diced canned tomatoes so I did not need to add any additional italian herbs. I drained most of the liquid out of the tomatoes (recipes doesn't indicate either way) and I skipped the cherry tomatoes. Because I skipped the cherry tomatoes I cut back a bit on the cream so the sauce wouldn't be too thin. I think next time I will simmer the sauce a little longer before adding the cream because my husband felt the sun-dried tomatoes were still a little firm. I will definitely make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2007
I love this recipe! I made it again tonight and my guests gave it a 10/10. I used mild Italian sausage and added cajun seasoning. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2010
This was absolutely delicious - my husband loved it too. Next time I'll use 2/3 or half as much sausage. I also mixed in the cherry tomatoes while the pan was still simmering so they could soften. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2008
This is a nice change from a regular spaghetti sauce. I did make one change. I skipped the meat and then added a chopped green pepper along with the onion and garlic. Turned out wonderful. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2009
Loved it! I doubled the onion garlic diced tomatoes and cream (used 1/2 and 1/2 and added some cornstarch) and made a pound of pasta. My daughter ate it for four meals! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2009
This was really good. I ended up using a 1lb. of Italian Ground Turkey which I had on hand. Half & Half instead of cream. No additional italian seasonings. With these changes it still came out very good & I would imagine if the recipe was followed as written it would even be better! So easy to put together too for a quick meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2011
This was excellent - as a healthier option I used Turkey Sausage and Sour Cream to replace the cream. Once the sauce was finished we added the penne pasta directly to the sauce and served. Everyone loved it!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2011
Needed a way to use our overabundance of cherry tomatoes and I was also looking for a go to pasta sauce recipe. This recipe was perfect much better than the one I used last year! Anyway I made it as is the first time around to please my meat-eating husband but the 2nd time I made a vegan version. I have to say both ways were great. To the vegan version I added celery and carrots to saute along with the onions and garlic. Thank you Wallace Clan for posting this versital recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2012
My test is usually "if this had been served to me in a restaurant would I be impressed?". Absolutely without a doubt yes! We found it made eight servings. Read More
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