Tomato and Sausage Penne

If you remember correctly, or have to listen to me talk about food ever, you know that towards the end of the summer I was on a huge food-preserving kick, with lots of freezing and canning because apparently I thought we would starve over the winter.

Part of that was that I froze some awesome, local, fresh, beautiful tomatoes. I blanched them to be able to peel them, and then cut them up and put them in containers and now I magically have awesome, flavourful tomatoes whenever I want.

If you want to make this recipe a little leaner, try using chicken instead of the sausage. I used mild Italian sausages, but turkey sausages would also work.

And, as we are gearing up for Christmas, I’ve been in a baking frenzy. We’re talking peanut butter balls, peppermint paddies, spider cookies, and church window logs, and still have two batches of squares that I want to make this weekend. You might say I’ve gone a little bit over the top. My biggest struggle has been trying to dip the peanut butter balls, brownie batter truffles, and peppermint paddies in melted chocolate to coat them, without just making an enormous mess. The peppermint paddies specifically were frustrating. I ended up spreading chocolate on one side, letting it set, flipping them over, and spreading more on the other side, and calling it a day. There was a little bit of incoherent yelling over this.

Anyway, this recipe makes 4 servings and the leftovers are great the next day. I topped mine with cheese because nothing in complete without cheese.

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Ingredients

  • 2 mild Italian sausages, sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 2 cups penne pasta
  • 1 cup frozen or canned diced tomatoes (I do realize that most normal people don’t have frozen tomatoes), defrost if needed
  • 2 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sweet onion sea salt (or normal salt and onion powder)
  1. Saute the onions in a non-stick pan. Add the sausage and heat until sausage slices are cooked through.
  2. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Once the sausage is cooked, add the tomatoes, basil, chili flakes, and onion sea salt.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan and mix to combine. Heat through and serve with cheese.