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Creamy Pesto Penne with Sausage

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Quick weeknight dinner. Ready in 15 minutes!"
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25 m servings 1455
Original recipe yields 2 servings


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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook penne at a boil, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain and transfer pasta to a bowl.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; add to pasta.
  3. Whisk pesto sauce mix, milk, and olive oil together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and keep at a simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes; pour over pasta and sausage mixture and toss to coat.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For a lower-fat option, sub fat-free milk.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 1455 calories; 61.8 176.8 51.5 74 2151 Full nutrition

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This is such a simple recipe, but what great flavor. Not to worry if you haven't seen that pesto packet before because I haven't. I used my homemade pesto and simply decreased the amount of oli...

Super easy and very quick, as promised. I don't know if there's a difference between "creamy pesto sauce mix" and regular, but I had regular on hand and it was delicious. Served with a side of s...

This is DELICIOUS!!! Don't overcook the pasta and if you don't have pesto...simply use about 1Tbsp. basil and 1tsp (or more) garlic powder. Less sausage is better because it allows the pasta fla...

We love this. Sometimes I add red bell pepper sometimes I don't. Good weekday meal.

For the minimal amount of prep and ingredients it is pretty tasty. I only used have of a 12 oz box of penne and used the other half with a marinara sauce and it provided enough for me for a few ...