Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
Yield
4 servings

If you're in the mood for something spicy rather than creamy, this is it. For a little less heat, use mild turkey Italian sausage instead of hot.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.

Step 3

Remove casings from sausage. Place sausage, onion, pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; sauté 8 minutes, stirring to crumble.

Step 4

Add tomatoes, olives, tomato paste, capers, and anchovy paste to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add pasta, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Ratings & Reviews

mariposa02's Review

mariposa02
January 17, 2014
Followed the recipe exactly except I doubled it (had two teenage boys to feed) and it was absolutely delicious. My husband requested to make it a family regular. Really simple and quick to throw together, too.

BBChef's Review

topchefbet
January 03, 2014
I rarely come upon a new pasta dish that I would say, WOW! This is such a recipe, though! Very nice flavors that meld beautifully together, but even tastes better when reheated the 2nd time 'round. It even reheats nicely in the microwave, which I never do, but had to do with this recipe because of family issues. While I give it 5 stars, I would not serve this for a special dinner engagement, since it is simply a pasta dish. However, I will be serving this at our next casual Italian Night as it is outstanding in flavors. I did add some salt and red pepper flakes for personal taste. Took advice to reduce pasta to 6-7 oz!

KateSullivanGa's Review

BBChef
December 23, 2013
What a great recipe! I followed it exactly and it came out perfectly. The flavors melded into a savory, satisfying meal. Used whole grain penne, and cut the whole thing in half, since there were only two of us. With controlled portion, we still had a serving left over for lunch the next day. Will definitely make again.

topchefbet's Review

share10
July 03, 2013
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Abuddfont's Review

KateSullivanGa
November 14, 2012
This was absolutely delicious. For the steady dieter, this is perfect for those who dont. Packs all the flavor and is a pasta dish. Only thing I did differently was used San Marzano crushed tomatoes instead of whole ones. I also accidently dumped all the brine from the capers in and I think it helped! If you like spicy, red pepper flakes only add perfection. This might be my favorite recipe for the WW lunch club!

aliciapdx's Review

Patten
October 21, 2012
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EllenDeller's Review

aliciapdx
October 31, 2010
Excellent pasta dish with a lot of zip and flavor. Can't imagine making it without the kalmata olives, capers, and anchovies. That's what gives it the rich, earthy flavor and the tang. I doubled the anchovy paste and added crushed red pepper (all I had was mild Italian chicken sausage) and served with spinach. Next time, I will make much less penne--4-6 oz. would have been fine and I wound up fishing the extra out and using it another dish. Servings are huge, too.UPDATE: Made with 5 oz. dry pasta and just 6 oz. sausage, and it's perfect. I think the 8 oz amounts must be misprints, because the calorie content (based on adding each ingredient to the calculator) using 4 oz. dry pasta and 6 oz. uncooked turkey Italian sausage is 433 per person.

share10's Review

carolfitz
July 07, 2010
This was perfect!! I used low fat Turkey sausage instead, can't tell the difference. I also used large capers and also very good. Quick and easy to make!

Patten's Review

Abuddfont
April 12, 2009
yummy yummy. doubled the recipe - doesn't it just beg to be doubled?? half a package of sausage, half a package of penne?? froze the other half for another night. very flavorful and filling. good pasta:sauce ratio.

carolfitz's Review

EllenDeller
February 14, 2009
Only made the sauce (not the baked pasta dish) using sweet Italian turkey sausage in uneven chunks rather than crumbled, sun-dried tomato paste, and added 1/2tsp red pepper flakes. Excellent. Served in small portions over fresh tri-colored linguine with the cheese sprinkled on top. Baby spinach/mushroom/tomato salad on the side. Gorgeous.