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Easy Fresh Tomato, Sausage and Cheese Pasta January 16, 2010

Filed under: meat,pasta — frappqueen @ 9:52 am
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Oh man, this was really easy to make and really delicious! I found it on the Cooking Light website, and it’s really yummy and only has 10 grams of fat! whoo hoo! I ate it for lunch today as well and it reheated just perfectly. You would think that making a tomato sauce from scratch would be awful and time-consuming but this one is so simple, it makes  you feel good that you took the ten minutes to throw it all together! I did alter this recipe just a bit, so below is the way I made it!

Fresh Tomato, Sausage and Pecorino Pasta from Cooking Light

8 ounces of uncooked penne

8 ounces of sweet Italian sausage (or spicy if you’re a spicy kinda guy or gal!)

2 teaspoons olive oil (you can really just do nonstick cooking spray if you want)

1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

about 5 or 6 medium sized tomatoes, chopped

6 tablespoons grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese, divided

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 c. torn fresh basil (mine rotted before I could use it! boo! had to use dried but it was still good)


Boil a large pot of water, add penne and let it cook according to the directions on the box.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large nonstick pot over medium heat. Remove the casings from the sausage. Add oil to the pan, and then the sausage. Cook the sausage about 4 minutes, so that it crumbles and is browned. Add the onions and garlic and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes. Let the dish cook, stirring at times, for about 5 minutes til the tomatoes begin to break down slightly. Remove from heat. Stir in the cooked pasta, salt, pepper and half the cheese, oh and the basil! Don’t forget the basil!

Spoon into fun bowls and top with the rest of the cheese. Enjoy with some fine red wine, or I guess water if you’re on a diet!


One Response to “Easy Fresh Tomato, Sausage and Cheese Pasta”

  1. Jill Says:

    I also made this recipe, and it was pretty good! It was my first time cooking with sausage and i did make a few changes. One, I was making this for 3 people and quickly realized 8 oz. of pasta was not enough so i cooked the 8 oz. then keeping that warm, made a second batch. I also felt that the sausage mixture should be more saucey so i added a small can of tomato sauce with some water. I also used parmesean/romano cheese instead of the pecorino. I’d make it again. Tonight I’m making the Light Greek Chicken. update later!

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