This versatile dish is quick, delicious and budget-friendly. I love to make my own spaghetti sauce. You can make the sauce ahead to save time. My family and I both enjoy this. I hope you do too.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and red pepper, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the pork sausage, cook and stir until the sausage is crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain off and discard any excess fat, then stir in the crushed tomatoes, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 20 to 30 minutes until the sauce has reached your desired consistency.

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  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the penne pasta, and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the penne, then toss with the red sauce and Italian cheese blend. Stir until the cheese has melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

Nutrition Facts

309.6 calories; 13.9 g protein; 40.3 g carbohydrates; 25.4 mg cholesterol; 772 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2008
I used spicy pork sausage instead of mild because that's what I had on hand but my family loved it like that! If you go spicy though be sure to serve it with cole slaw like I did;) Also I added extra shredded cheese and onion. You can substitute the penne pasta for any type of pasta really. I will make this versatile recipe again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/22/2008
Made the dish as stated but did not like the type of sausage it called for with the sauce. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2008
I used spicy pork sausage instead of mild because that's what I had on hand but my family loved it like that! If you go spicy though be sure to serve it with cole slaw like I did;) Also I added extra shredded cheese and onion. You can substitute the penne pasta for any type of pasta really. I will make this versatile recipe again! Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
07/27/2008
I used spicy pork sausage instead of mild because that's what I had on hand but my family loved it like that! If you go spicy though be sure to serve it with cole slaw like I did;) Also I added extra shredded cheese and onion. You can substitute the penne pasta for any type of pasta really. I will make this versatile recipe again! Read More
(15)
Rating: 4 stars
10/22/2008
Now that I think of it I did make a few changes. I thought it just made more sence to use spicy Italian sausage. I used the whole red bell pepper (chopped)because I love it. And I only used 2 cans of tomatos. Next time I will also add some crushed garlic. Very good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/22/2008
Made the dish as stated but did not like the type of sausage it called for with the sauce. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2013
This was a huge hit with my family! Everyone was asking how I made the sauce. My slight variations: I put the peppers and onions into the food processor to make a smoother sauce. I used spicy sausage and I also used much more cheese. Finally I put the whole pasta mixture in a baking dish topped with more cheese and baked it at 325f for 20 minutes. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2012
This is delicious! I followed the recipe but I added mushrooms and zucchini to it. Its my way to sneaking veggies into the meal for the kids. They loved it and no one asked me about the slightly different taste because of additions. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2012
yummy as is and so many possibilities with this recipe. I made as written and was extremely happy with dinner and the whole time I was thinking I can do this that or the other with this recipe idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
Will definitely make this again. I used yellow bell peppers for a slightly sweeter taste. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2014
Delicious! I made this recipe as printed but used spicy Italian sausage and a bit more cheese. Crazy easy and tastes like you have been cooking all day. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2017
It was delicious! Making it for a baby shower. Will decrease the spices for grandma. Read More