Zesty Penne, Sausage and Peppers


This lively sauce uses cream cheese to create a rich, velvety texture like your favorite vodka sauce.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 3 cups penne pasta, uncooked

  • 1 pound Italian sausage

  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed

  • Dash crushed red pepper

  • 4 ounces PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed

  • ¼ cup KRAFT Shredded Parmesan Cheese


  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.

  2. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into large skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 8 min. or until done. Drain. Add bell peppers; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in next 3 ingredients; cook 5 min. or until heated through. Add cream cheese; cook 2 min. or until melted, stirring frequently.

  3. Drain pasta. Add to sausage mixture; mix lightly. Top with Parmesan.


You'll know it's a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of this easy-to-prepare meal!


Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese or 1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

765 Calories
38g Fat
75g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 765
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 15g 74%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1914mg 83%
Total Carbohydrate 75g 27%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 66mg 330%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 1001mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.