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Orange Fire Penne Pasta

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"This is a one of my go-to options when feeding a large group on a small budget. Add in some bread sticks and a nice salad and this can feed 10 to 12 people for under $40."
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52 m servings 727
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Cook and stir sausage in a skillet over high heat until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Add Alfredo sauce, milk, and habanero pepper to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and add 1/2 cup pepper Jack cheese. Cover and cook sauce until thickens, about 10 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain.
  4. Pour sauce over pasta; garnish with remaining pepper Jack cheese, diced tomatoes, and green onions. Cover for a few minutes to melt the cheese.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The heat in the sauce all hinges on the size and quality of the habanero peppers. I have added an extra 1/2 pepper if guests like extra heat but this can unbalance the dish to nothing but heat.
  • The sauce can also be prepared in the slow cooker on Low, for about 3 hours.
  • You can replace the mild Italian sausage with any sausage of your preference.
  • You can substitute milk with heavy whipping cream.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 727 calories; 38.7 74.3 24.1 64 1204 Full nutrition

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