Recipes - Penne Pasta


With just a hint of spice, this easy Cajun penne pasta recipe is a pleasant surprise from your typical pasta dish. With chicken sausage and a creamy sauce, it's sure to be a hit for dinner.

Any type of pasta could be substituted for the penne. You could also use turkey or smoked sausage instead of the chicken sausage.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


1 pound bulk chicken sausage or links with casings removed
12 ounces penne pasta, cooked according to package directions in salted water (reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water)
1 tomato, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 2 teaspoons Spice Krewe Bayou Blend or Spice Krewe Seasoned Salt 
1 tablespoon chicken broth
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
fresh basil, for garnish (optional)
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Here's how to make it:

Cook the sausage in a large skillet until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and Spice Krewe seasoning and cook another 30 seconds.
Add the tomato, chicken stock and reserved pasta water. Cook about 3 minutes.
Add the cream cheese, butter and Monterey Jack cheese.
Add pasta
Stir until fully incorporated. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan.

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