Creamy Pesto Penne with Sausage


Quick weeknight dinner. Ready in 15 minutes!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • ½ pound ground sausage

  • 1 (1.2 ounce) package creamy pesto sauce mix (such as Knorr®)

  • 1 cup milk

  • ¼ cup olive oil


  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
62g Fat
177g Carbs
52g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 1455
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 62g 79%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 2151mg 94%
Total Carbohydrate 177g 64%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 214mg 16%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 884mg 19%

* 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.

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