Fresh Tomato, Sausage, and Pecorino Pasta

  • detailaddict Posted: 09/16/09
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    My husband and I both liked this a lot, and the estimated prep time (40 min.) is pretty accurate, given the time needed to chop the tomatoes. I omitted the onions, used 1 tbsp. dried basil (and mixed it in rather than sprinkling it on top) and used whole-wheat penne (which I thought fit in just fine, unlike another reviewer, as it added an extra heartiness to this autumn dish). I did served this with green beans but simply roasted them with some oil, sea salt and pepper. I would certainly make this dish again, though next time I will either cut the amount of oil or omit it entirely, as it seems unnecessary without the onion.

  • carolfitz Posted: 09/11/09
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    Super easy. Made to recipe except used hot turkey sausage & peeled the tomatoes. Served with lemon asparagus and garlic ciabbatta.

  • Whygal Posted: 09/17/09
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    My husband and I made this last night and we both thought it was delicious!! Since there are only 2 of us, I halved the recipe EXCEPT I did use a pound of plum tomatoes as we like our pasta on the saucy side. In addition, I used 3 large cloves of garlic and just over 4 oz of spicy Italian sausage. As another reviewer suggested, I added a touch of the pasta water to the dish and I mixed in the basil rather than sprinkle on top. I used the Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta. Will add to the pasta rotation!!

  • stephil Posted: 10/18/10
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    This has become a staple! I've made this several times now and it's always a hit. My husband doesn't care much for raw chunky tomatoes so I cut it down to about 3/4 pound and add an 8-oz can of tomato sauce. I've used both mild and sweet sausage. This is great!

  • akegley13 Posted: 09/22/09
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    All three kids and husband loved this recipe, including me, which is very hard to accomplish. I added mushrooms, yellow pepper, and half a cup of chicken stock.

  • CherylR1954 Posted: 10/12/09
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    Really fresh and good. I'm not so sure that I'd enjoy it as much had I bought the tomatoes from a grocery store. I used produce from our local farmers market. Wonderful dinner! Will make it again, but only in season.

  • Cansas Posted: 09/20/09
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    This is a wonderful and simple recipe. It had awesome flavor and looks great. I made it exactly as directed and it turned out perfect. Served with crusty bread to soak up the sauce and a nice red wine.

  • Rootie2 Posted: 09/15/09
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    This dish was wonderful! It is almost identical to a pasta dish my husband raves about at a local restaurant. Will make this over and over again!! I threw in a splash of red wine I had sitting around but otherwise went by the recipe.

  • tdardis1 Posted: 04/25/10
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    For extra flavor, I roasted the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes in half, top with Italian herbs and olive oil, and bake at 400 degrees(30-35 mins). Add the roasted tomatoes once the sausage has been cooked.

  • nyca5124 Posted: 08/30/09
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    This was very good and easy.It didn't have quite as much flavor as I had hoped. I used grated pecorino from Trader Joes. I really couldn't tell the difference between it and grated parm, except that it was quite a bit more expensive. I used whole wheat penne and roma tomatoes. I'll make this again.

  • azlall2 Posted: 09/01/09
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    This is a nice lightened version of a classic dish. Unlike the previous reviews, I found this dish very flavorful. However, I used hot sausage instead of sweet, six cloves of garlic, put all the 6 Tbl cheese in with the sauce to fuse the flavor, and put the basil in the sauce for 2 mins to wilt it. I added a little of the starchy pasta cooking water to the pot to have a little thicker sauce. I just chopped the tomato and tossed it at the end with the pasta and cheese rather than cooking it. The 8 oz pasta is the right proportion for the sausage, but be careful on your serving size since 1/4 of the recipe has 10g fat.

  • hlspring Posted: 10/04/09
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    A great light pasta for a summer day. I omitted the sausage, used chopped onion and grape tomatoes from the garden.

  • ReneePech Posted: 09/02/09
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    I made this with whole wheat penne and I think that was a bad idea - I think the whole wheat was a little too overpowering for this light dish (even with the sausage). Making this with fresh peak-season tomatoes and basil I'm sure is key to how good this dish is; since I did use fresh, the flavors were great! The pecorino was a different taste, but in retrospect, I could have used parm for a similar result. I will make this again while it's tomato season and next time use regular pasta.

  • Monica3 Posted: 09/15/09
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    Delicious! Does not get five stars because I find it too simple to serve to guests for a fancy dinner. But I loved it!!!

  • jkf330 Posted: 09/18/09
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    I made this last night and both my husband and I were impressed. It was super easy to put together and was delicious. I like my sauces on the thicker side so I added 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, but other than that I stuck to the recipe. Oh, and I now have a new love for Pecorino! Just the small amount sprinkled on top gave it so much flavor! Another pasta dish makes its way into our favorites.

  • Saecca Posted: 10/19/09
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    I loved all the tomatoes and the onions. The balance created a dish that didn't need a heavy sauce. I used Italian chicken sausage and served it with the lemon green beans, which was a perfect compliment!

  • LisaBrown1984 Posted: 03/25/10
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    Very good dish. I used a five cheese blend instead of the pecorino cheese and used dried oregano instead of the basil. It was delicious and I will be making this again.

  • cjbuddy Posted: 03/15/10
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    Love this one. It is a great weeknight dinner since it comes together so quickly. I normally just use a can of diced tomatoes but have done it with fresh also. I have also subbed parm cheese for the pecorino. Always increase the garlic use spicy chicken or turkey Italian sausage. I think you can tweak this for your preferences - add some wine or additional veggies and it would still be good.

  • AtlOreo Posted: 08/31/09
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    Ok...so after reading the previous post about this recipie I added white wine to it to boost the flavor of the tomatos. I also used sun dried tomato chicken sausage from whole foods and it was DELICIOUS!!! I am one for a sauce so the wine added the sauce I was looking for!!!

  • megsmiamiu83 Posted: 11/20/09
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    I made this for a girls night and it was perfect! I made three modifcations. I used Chicken Italian Sausage instead of regular sausage. And I added about a tablespoon or two of tomato paste and a couple splashes of red wine. Definitely use the fresh basil leaves and the pecorino cheese - it was the finishing touch. Super easy to make too!

  • AMSkall Posted: 11/04/09
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    great flavor - great, light & fresh tasting pasta dish. I will make again and highly recommend!

  • hiskipper Posted: 09/07/09
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    Made this more or less as the recipe stated. Used a combination of sweet and spicy turkey sausage and a mix of wheat and regular penne pasta. My whole family loved it. The fresh basil added at the end gives it such a nice fresh flavor. We'll be happily eating this for left overs tomorrow night! You gotta give this a try :o)

  • cattheartist Posted: 09/07/09
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    This was super easy! I wasn't able to get basil, but its great none the less. great for group dinners, or like for me, great for one person to pack for future meals for the week.

  • charoulli Posted: 09/26/09
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    Ok so I have to say that I couldn't find the right sausage, so I used just plain sausage. And I also couldn't find the cheese so I replaced with Parmesagno Reggiano. It tasted very good.. everyone loved it but me. It didn't look pleasant to the eye and the cooking time was off. But since everyone else loved it, I'm keeping the recipe.

  • Gourmetamanda Posted: 09/13/09
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    This was such a quick dish to prepare. I made it even quicker by purchasing Italian sausage without the casing. I always add wine to Italian dishes so I used a small amount of a red that was already open. This is a restaurant type dish that is not only iinexpensive, but simple to prepare so that you can spend more time with your guests.

  • Manning1 Posted: 09/13/09
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    The kids and I loved it. The kids insist that we need to make this for my husbabd when comes home in two weeks. I followed the recipe exactly and I thought it was great. The sausge that I used had just enough kick in it. I was afraid it would be to spicy for the kids, but the tomatoes balanced the whole thing out. If I could give it a higher rating for ease it would be a 10.

  • Kelly0407 Posted: 10/05/09
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    I added 1/2 an orange pepper w/onions and sausage. I used heirloom tomatoes and let the sauce simmer for 1.5 hours. I also used whole wheat pasta. My entire family loved it!

  • GeorgeNC Posted: 02/24/10
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    I like this dish alot, but I had to add a bit of kick. Added 1 tsp crushed red pepper and a good balst of Black Pepper. Also a heaping tbl of tomato paste. I used fired roasted tomatoes the fresh good are not availble fresh here at this time. I will make this again.

  • mommypalooza Posted: 01/09/10
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    This was a good dish. I subbed canned fire roasted diced tomatoes and italian style canned tomatoes because i had no fresh ones on hand. THe fresh basil and the cheese really make this dish. Good solid recipe for feeding the family.

  • sarahtutt Posted: 08/01/10
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    so good..... my father had to get seconds.. he said "this is so good" every 5 seconds. yummy and healthy!

  • mjmayinsf Posted: 06/22/10
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    Made exactly as directed and served with spinach sauteed with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest. Great meal! We loved it. I think this is one where the results will be closely linked to the quality of your ingredients, so splurge on good sausages, tomatoes and cheese. This will be a regular in our house.

  • MissChefy Posted: 01/31/11
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    This recipe is amazing! I reviewed it in detail here: http://misschefy.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/pasta-with-sausage-fresh-tomatoes-basil-and-parmesan/

  • bakenmama Posted: 12/10/10
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    I made this with hot Italian sausage and tri colored vegetable Rotini (what I had on hand). This easy to prepare dish was a snap to put together and was well received! Will make many times in the future! Thank you!

  • KrumplyW Posted: 05/04/11
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    My whole family really enjoyed this dish. I used a combination of yellow cherry tomatoes and beefsteak and added a little extra which I'm glad I did. This was a really solid, delicious dish with a very generous portion size that ended up being very filling.

  • Llamagirl Posted: 04/24/11
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    Awesome recipe. Used mild Italian sausage and a few hot pepper flakes. It was really good!

  • Bfryman Posted: 08/16/11
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    I used turkey sausage instead of regular Italian and I also used more onion than it called for, but overall it was wonderful. My husband doesn't like tomatoes and he asked me to make this meal again! It's a winner in my book!

  • sji123 Posted: 06/29/11
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    I used hot italian sausage instead of sweet italian sausage because we like things spicy. Was very good. Will make this one again.

  • crysmys Posted: 09/10/11
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    A quick and easy recipe that's definitely made it into our regular rotation. I used Sweet Italian Chicken sausage and a little extra onion, and found this to be overall a very good and very filling meal.

  • bspengler1 Posted: 09/11/11
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    I made this last night for the first time and it was excellent. The pecorino cheese made it quite tasty. I will make again very soon.

  • clarkkp Posted: 09/12/11
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    Shorewood, WI

    Used fresh Roma tomatoes and basil from the garden, Johnsonville sweet Italian sausage and Whole Foods Pecorino Romano cheese. Prepared as written, adjusting seasonings to taste: an additional teaspoon of minced garlic and an additional 1/4 teaspoons of Kosher salt. Resisted the urge to add crushed red pepper flakes, which I normally add to my Bolognese sauce. Loved the fresh sweet flavor of the "sauce," but felt the ratio to pasta was thin. Next time, I'l either cut back on the pasta or increase the amount of chopped tomatoes, onions, etc.

  • expatbritcit Posted: 09/13/11
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    We had this for dinner tonight and it was great! After reading some of the reviews, I also made some minor changes. Oven roasted the heirloom tomatoes, added a tomatillo and an eggplant. Added more herbs - thyme, parsley and oregano as well as basil. Also added a little red wine. It was very tasty and I would definitely make it again.

  • LissieGirl Posted: 09/23/11
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    I loved this dish. It looked beautiful, tasted great and was easy to prepare. I would make it for company. I did omit the oinions.

  • Angela123 Posted: 09/09/11
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    Yummy!

  • NancyAyers Posted: 09/10/11
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    i had some romas ready in the garden and some freshly grated pecorino in the fridge so i'm glad i found this recipe today! i'm not big on measuring, so maybe it was my fault but i think it was too oniony. i'll only use half next time. i used dreamfields penne to keep the carbs down. i also added some crushed red pepper and used dried italian seasoning blend rather than fresh basil (the japanese beetles got my basil this year). my husband liked it, and i love the way it's so fast and uses my fresh tomatos so i'll make this again! thanks!

  • sobgila Posted: 09/11/11
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    Took advice of a reviewer and roasted the tomatoes for about 40 minutes at 400 with some basil and oregano. Did not have romano cheese on hand - but used a premix of parmeasan, asiago and romano cheeses - worked fine. recipe was excellent and really easy to put together. Also allows flexibility to vary cheese amount per dish - as my husband loves a lot of cheese - whereas i like a lot also, but try to go lighter!

  • peachy8638 Posted: 10/11/11
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    This recipe was tasty, but for me it lacked spiciness. I added twice as much garlic and red pepper and some cayenne too. Next time, I will make this with spicy sausage. Also, I had no fresh tomatoes so I used fire roasted canned tomatoes which were yummy.

  • No Longer Registered Posted: 09/12/11
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    I would definitely make this dish again. It was pretty easy and very flavorful. I also think it would be easy to add more veggies like zucchini and summer squash. I also think it would go well with spaghetti noodles, which may work better for me so that my kids can have their plain butter noodles and the hubby and I can have the 'sauce'.

  • Chapinita Posted: 01/01/12
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    Love this recipe. I doubled it and substituted spaghetti noodles for penne since that's what I had. A huge hit--very fresh and tasty!

  • sillybluestarr Posted: 12/15/11
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    I didn't change a thing about the recipe and it's so amazing. I make this for guests when they come over!

  • karengrathwohl Posted: 04/18/12
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    This has been a go to recipe for my family for years. Use turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta.Delicious! Love a one dish meal on those busy nights. Leftovers always disappear!

  • hbottjer Posted: 09/20/12
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    This was an easy to make dinner, and was a good use of my local tomatoes. It did lack some spice, I will probably add more garlic and perhaps some oregano in my future preparations.

  • JenniferM Posted: 07/23/12
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    I just made this tonight and it was excellent. I subbed chicken Italian sausage, added a little chicken broth, and cooked the tomatoes a bit longer than called for. My picky eater asked for seconds! Will definitely make this again.

  • Stinkinkitchen Posted: 10/01/12
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    Whole family (who are very hard to please) loved it, and it was very quick and easy to make. Will keep these ingredients on hand to make when I have to put something together in a pinch. Definite winner!

  • meredithw Posted: 11/02/12
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    Made this tonight for dinner and immediately threw it out!! SO bland. Amy's frozen penne tastes better. Luckily it wasn't expensive so it wasn't a total loss.

  • dsturla Posted: 09/13/12
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    I really enjoyed this recipe, as did the rest of my family. Made it exactly as written and will definitely make again but I would not serve it to company. It is a solid weeknight meal

  • 1Woodlandcook Posted: 09/07/12
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    Woodland, CA

    I've been making this recipe for several months, and it's one of our favorite dishes!! I use sweet Italian turkey sausage to cut down on the fat. I sometimes use Parmesan chesse instead of the Romano. Delicious!!!

  • Judysines Posted: 09/08/12
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    Loved the recipe. I'm alone and I'm sure the leftovers will be good with some going in the freezer. Loved it just as written. Fresh tomatoes made the meal. More vegetable would be great added to the dish.

  • Jcraine Posted: 06/11/13
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    This a a solid recipe. I do recommend the hot Italian sausage though.

  • DeniseChulik Posted: 09/24/12
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    Seriously underseasoned and bland. Maybe spicier sausage, more garlic -- something.

  • EmilyPadalino Posted: 10/04/12
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    I used hot Italian sausage (too spicy for kids though), and a bit more garlic and it was absolutely delicious! And so easy! If making for kids, try mild Italian sausage. My family LOVED it!

  • GeodeJul Posted: 09/20/12
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    Omaha, NE

    This dish is easy to cook and great tasting. Also, we almost always have the ingredients around. Love it!

  • Vallimont Posted: 09/18/12
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    The whole family loved it. Simple and fast for a school night. did not change anything.

  • erikisst Posted: 04/18/12
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    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!! It is filling (at almost 2 cups a serving) and really flavorful. It's easy to make which is such a plus! Definitely a keeper!

  • taralyn77 Posted: 07/10/13
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    This dish is a family favorite and I've had several people ask me for the recipe. The Pecorino and the Basil are a must, it brings out the flavors. I've also amended the recipe to use pasta sauce as my husband doesn't like tomatoes, and hot Italian sausage. Enjoy!

  • sjd28562 Posted: 07/14/13
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    A little bit dry for our tastes. Would make again and add a can of tomato sauce and extra cheese on top. Maybe would just slice the sausage in 1/4" chunks. Love the fresh basil!

  • Elizabeth12321 Posted: 07/06/14
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    Actually used an apple turkey sausage to lighten it up for summer. Was phenomenal.

  • JanisC55 Posted: 05/29/14
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    Made this last night and it was a hit with the family. I did however use a jar of pasta sauce instead of the tomatoes - my husband is not a big fan of tomatoes and was worried about it being too dry based on other comments. Will definitely add this to repertoire as it was a quick tasty meal!

  • FullerRN Posted: 08/09/14
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    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.

  • JesterB63 Posted: 07/05/14
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    Very tasty! Highly recommend a little extra basil for flavor. Didn't have an issue with it being dry. If you don't drain the sausage after cooking, you shouldn't have an issue. Plus the little bit of fat from the sausage adds flavor to the pasta. Next time I might try diced tomatoes from a can, drained. I wasn't a big fan of the tomato skins that were left at the bottom of the batch. Reheated very well the next day.

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