Sausage Pepperoni Penne is made with smoked sausage, turkey pepperoni, cream of chicken, milk, and penne pasta flavored with salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and garlic for a simple family dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes any day of the week.
- 16 ounces penne pasta
- 14 ounces smoked turkey sausage kielbasa
- 2 1/2 ounces turkey pepperoni (1/2 package worth)
- 3 garlic cloves (minced)
- 10 ounces cream of chicken
- 8 ounces 2% milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt plus some for boiling water
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- olive oil
- Slice sausage and cut pepperoni into halves. Mince the garlic.
- Fill a large pot of water and place on the stove top on a medium high heat to bring to a rapid boil. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the water. Cook penne noodles according to package instructions. Drain.
- At the same time the pasta water is put on the stove top, heat up a large nonstick pan ( I like my 12 inch fry pan) on the stove top on a medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add a small drizzle of olive oil followed by the sausage and pepperoni. You want the meat to sizzle a bit and cook until it is nicely browned turning often. This should take about 5 minutes. If your meat stops sizzling, add a tiny bit of the pasta water to the pan.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes on top of the meat. You can adjust the red pepper flakes to how spicy your family likes food.
- Move the meat to one side and add another very small drizzle of olive oil. Add your minced garlic on top of the olive oil and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir the garlic into the meat.
- Add the can of cream of chicken, followed by the milk. Stir well and bring to a low simmer. Remove from heat.
- Once the pasta is finished cooking, drain and add to the pan of sausage. Stir everything together and let sit for about 5 minutes to cool down and thicken before serving. Sprinkle with parsley if you would like.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove top
Keywords: pasta, penne, sausage, pepperoni