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Penne with Turkey Sausage and Grape Tomatoes

Penne with Italian Sausage

A simple healthy pasta with lots of adding protein from turkey sausage.  Adding reserved pasta cooking water at the end brings the whole dish together, and melds all the flavors together. 

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 pound dry whole grain penne pasta
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Italian turkey sausage, cut on a bias into ¼-inch slices
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta, and reserve ½ cup of pasta water.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons evoo in a large sauté pan over medium-high. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, until it begins to soften. Add sausage and cook 3 minutes, until browned. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.

3. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons evoo to the pan and add tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add pasta to the pan along with pasta water. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat all the pasta and transfer to a platter. Garnish with the basil, and serve immediately.

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