Quick weeknight dinner. Ready in 15 minutes!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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

1455 calories; protein 51.5g 103% DV; carbohydrates 176.8g 57% DV; fat 61.8g 95% DV; cholesterol 74.5mg 25% DV; sodium 2150.9mg 86% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2016
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 olive oil. Also, because the packet said creamy I used light cream instead of milk. Simple adjusments that work out very well. I used Johnsonville sweet sausage. It came out perfect. The flavor combination is spot on. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2016
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 olive oil. Also, because the packet said creamy I used light cream instead of milk. Simple adjusments that work out very well. I used Johnsonville sweet sausage. It came out perfect. The flavor combination is spot on. Everyone loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2015
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 steamed broccoli. Was gobbled up by the whole family even the picky 2yr old. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2019
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 flavor to shine through and don't shy away from the Parmesan. I love this recipe and am going to kick this one up a notch as soon as I get some free time in the kitchen. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/04/2020
5/3/20 - second time making, so easy! Used 1/2 lb sausage and 12 ounces penne pasta. Excellent! 3/27/20 - this was very easy and very good - I used a whole pound of sausage because I didn't have any other uses for it and added my own pesto sauce and some cream to the recipe (rather than the dry packet). Excellent appearance and flavor, would definitely make again and add in some veggies next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2017
We love this. Sometimes I add red bell pepper sometimes I don't. Good weekday meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2016
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 meals. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2020
So Good! Had a link of cooked Italian sausage and some homemade pesto. Diced the Italian sausage , added some fennel. Adjusted recipe to what I had on hand, using half & half and wide egg noodles. Added some red pepper flakes to the sauce. Delicious! Read More