Skillet-Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage

  • stefair Posted: 01/15/14
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    De-lish. My kids loved it (ages 12 and 13). The pasta was creamy and tasty for such few ingredients. The only down side to this recipe is stirring the pasta for 30 minutes continuous. Maybe a weekend meal.

  • juliea344 Posted: 03/01/14
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    LOVED this! I used mezzi rigatoni because it doesn't take quite as long to cook. Also used chili powder because I didn't have any fresh peppers. This is a keeper. Can't wait to try different variations.

  • mrsng8808 Posted: 01/05/14
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    As we start the New Year and healthy living is fresh on our minds, this has got to be one of the tastiest pasta dishes I've made. It's creamy, spicy, and oh so easy to make. I used a garlic infused oil which only added wonderful garlic flavor to both the pasta and chicken sausage. This will definitely be added to my recipe rotation. My entire family enjoyed this as a Sunday dinner.

  • LDombeck Posted: 03/04/14
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    This recipe did take 2x longer than stated in magazine. That said, it is worth making, as long as you have time. I used trader Joe's sweet italian chicken sausage quartered and sliced instead of crumbling. Very filling with lots of meat. I didn't use the chiles. The oregano was a great addition! Don't omit. great flavor burst.

  • HelloLaurenE Posted: 01/15/14
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    I made this last night and it took me 2 1/2 hours. I acknowledge that I'm a slow prepper but this was ridiculous. It tastes good but I can't say that the extra effort is worth the effort.

  • ElizabethBacon Posted: 01/17/14
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    I've made this both of the ways in the recipe and much preferred the version with the sausage and onion. It was also much easier to prepare than the one with bacon, etc... I didn't realize there was a difference between stock and broth but the stock definitely makes for a "creamier" pasta. I can't imagine why it took someone 2 1/2 hours to prepare! I doubled the recipe and it still didn't take me more than 45 minutes. The only chopping is the onion and the peppers. I used jalapenos as it was the only one my grocery store carried. I can't say enough good things about this recipe. It's simply delicious and a genius way to make pasta.

  • Whygal Posted: 01/08/14
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    I made this last night and it was delicious--a different way to prepare pasta. I was unable to find the chili pepper called for so I subbed in a red jalapeno and I also put in some fresh spinach at the end. It is a bit time consuming but the end result is worth it. I served this pasta with the Spinach Parmesan salad which is also in the same issue.

  • pmw804u Posted: 02/01/14
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    This was very good but not exactly creamy. Next time I will make sure to use stock instead of broth based on other reviews that may have been the issue.

  • MaryEliz Posted: 02/12/14
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    Good, not great. Not as creamy as risotto.

  • SamnJacksMom Posted: 01/01/14
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    Made this tonight and my husband and kids (ages 9 and 6) all gave this 5/5 stars! Made it with sweet italian pork sausage because my store was out of chicken and turkey, used whole wheat penne and even snuck baby spinach in at the end until it wilted. Absolutely delicious and worth the time at the stove. My husband asked me to always use this method for pasta from now on!

  • amalope511 Posted: 01/11/14
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    Delicious! Yes, the it took a little time to cook the pasta, but the final product was worth it. I used chile paste for the chiles, which made that step a little easier and allowed the chile to be in nearly every bite.

  • annecamden Posted: 01/03/14
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    This might be the best thing I've ever made. Seriously. If I didn't make it myself, I would have SWORN there was about a stick of butter in there. So. Amazing. I subbed in pork salsiccia sausage because chicken sausage is kinda expensive, and I also didn't remove the sausage before doing the stirring thing. It came out juuuuuuust fine.

  • libraemily Posted: 12/29/13
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    HOLY COW! This is quite possibly the best pasta recipe I've ever had. So deliciously creamy and yummy--even if you mess up and forget to remove the sausage from the pan. I subbed homemade turkey stock and used asiago pepper chicken sausages with whole wheat pasta.

  • drmeghan Posted: 01/11/14
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    I had really high hopes for this recipe based on the reviews above. It was good, but I just didn't love it. For the amount of time and effort it took to make, the end result didn't seem worth it. It didn't seem like it had much of a sauce at all with it. I like others added spinach in at the end which was very good. Diced tomatoes might be good in it too.

  • addinia Posted: 01/11/14
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    I have to agree with the other reviewer who said it was good, but not worth all the time that it took to cook.

  • Amy0324 Posted: 01/18/14
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    This was really good! I am glad I read other reviews & found out how time consuming! The others were not kidding! Luckily, I get up very early, so made it before work-when I got home, I just had to reheat & add a little more stock, cheese & oregano. My husband also loved this recipe. Next time, I will make this over the weekend.

  • JKL033 Posted: 01/18/14
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    My family enjoyed this, kids rated it 9.5 and 10/10. I roasted a head of garlic and put about half of it into this recipe along with some sautéed cherry tomatoes. I still feel it is lacking something, more acid and/or spice. Maybe more lemon juice would've done the trick. I have a very similar (tasting) recipe that uses a bit of light bechamel sauce and therefore doesn't require the 40 mins of stirring to achieve the creamy texture, so I'm thinking I'll go with that when I crave a dish like this. I'm glad I tried it, though, and glad to know about this pasta method.

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