Rating: 4.62 stars
124 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

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

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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 pasta as directed on package.

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  • 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.

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

Size-Wise

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

Variation

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

765 calories; protein 31g; carbohydrates 75.4g; fat 37.8g; cholesterol 86.1mg; sodium 1913.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (90)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2010
I made this last night and it was really good and made a ton of food. I did change a few things though so I put the changes below. I used hot Italian sausage instead of regular. After crumbling it, frying and draining I added 3 diced bell peppers (1 each red, yellow, and orange), about a cup of diced yellow onion, and 5 cloves of garlic minced. I cooked those until the peppers were soft tender, about 5-10 minutes on medium. Then I added 1 can each of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce (the 8 oz can), and tomato paste. I also tossed in some oregano, black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Mix together and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Then add 4 ounces cream cheese. Melt and mix thoroughly. Toss sauce and pasta together. This way was so good my boyfriend wants it in the regular rotation. It was a tiny bit spicy (but I liked that) so you may want to hold off on the red pepper flakes and have each person add those to their liking. I only gave it four stars because I modified it to make my own spaghetti sauce instead of the jarred version. And dicing all those veggies is a lot of work when you need a new chef's knife. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2010
This was just OK. It turned out really sweet. I used Prego sauce so maybe that was it but I wish it would have been a little zippier. Read More
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124 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
08/02/2010
I made this last night and it was really good and made a ton of food. I did change a few things though so I put the changes below. I used hot Italian sausage instead of regular. After crumbling it, frying and draining I added 3 diced bell peppers (1 each red, yellow, and orange), about a cup of diced yellow onion, and 5 cloves of garlic minced. I cooked those until the peppers were soft tender, about 5-10 minutes on medium. Then I added 1 can each of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce (the 8 oz can), and tomato paste. I also tossed in some oregano, black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Mix together and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Then add 4 ounces cream cheese. Melt and mix thoroughly. Toss sauce and pasta together. This way was so good my boyfriend wants it in the regular rotation. It was a tiny bit spicy (but I liked that) so you may want to hold off on the red pepper flakes and have each person add those to their liking. I only gave it four stars because I modified it to make my own spaghetti sauce instead of the jarred version. And dicing all those veggies is a lot of work when you need a new chef's knife. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2010
OMG....you have to try to this recipe. Sooooo simple and good! I did the recipe as stated except for the red pepper flakes. I don't like spicy anything but DH added it to his serving. We both were ooohing and aaahing over this. I don't care for fennel seed either but it definitely added a nice flavor. Will be making this one over and over. thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2010
This was really very good and easy to prepare! I didn't change anything except I forgot to put the parmesan cheese on it at the end but it was good without it! I figured we could add our own parmesan cheese to our servings if we wanted to. Will definitely make again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2010
My son and I had this the first day of us "Batching" it because Mom and Daughter were away. My son's reaction was overwhelming. It's probably the best pasta dish he's ever eaten. It only gets better the second and third day. He said; "we need to have more of these kinds of dishes". One star for Dad! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2010
This is absolutely wonderful! I didn't have fennel seed so left it out and substituted tomato sauce and Italian seasoning for the spagetti sauce. My husband was begging for more! Will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2010
I was looking for a sausage casserole recipe when I came across this...what a surprise. This was super delicious & easy to make. Since I didn't have a red pepper I used 1-1/2 green peppers a small onion & used spaghetti sauce w/ garlic. Everyone went back for seconds...definitely worth a try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2011
Yummy I added mushrooms and garlic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2010
Great recipe. Great dish. I didn't do anything different except I used whole grain rotini instead of penne - very filling and satisfying - and easy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2010
This dish is sensational. Made it after a hard day at work. It came together very quickly and was delicious. I changed nothing. Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2010
This was just OK. It turned out really sweet. I used Prego sauce so maybe that was it but I wish it would have been a little zippier. Read More
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