4 servings (serving size: about 2 cups pasta mixture, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 tablespoon basil)
8 ounces uncooked penne
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup vertically sliced onion
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds tomatoes, chopped
6 tablespoons grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves
How to Make It
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage and onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring to crumble sausage. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in pasta, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and basil.
Read everyone's reviews before making this dish....added extra basil, crushed red pepper, more garlic and extra cheese. Wilted the basil during the last minute to add a punch...still lacking that special something. I used sweet Italian sausage, I'll try it again using hot Italian sausage next time.
We have this dish periodically as my teen loves it. Sometimes I use spicy sausage, sometimes mild. Tonight I didn't have enough fresh tomato so I also added a can of diced tomato and it was still good. A nice, basic, easy meal to prepare on a busy work night.
I've made this dish several times and we love it. The key is using just picked garden tomatoes and high quality cheese. I use sweet Italian turkey sausage, Vidalia onions, and Parmesan instead of Romano Cheese. This dish is company-worthy. The directions are correct too.
I gave this dish five stars for its simplicity and satisfaction factor. I used hot Italian sausage and I peeled the tomatoes; which is super easy to do if you crosshatch and blanch them. I was worried it might be bland because it is so simple, but fear not! Came out moist, spicy, and VERY good!
I substituted with turkey sausage and used diced can tomatoes. No problem with dryness as others have mentioned. Did not drain sausage. Family really enjoyed it. I would make again. Good for throwing together a meal in short order.