Thursdays Are For Cooking!!

| October 7, 2021


This is one I posted a while back, but it seems like a good idea to repost it now, because when the weather gets chilly and you want something hearty, filling and tasty, any thoughts of “on a diet” go right out the window. I did not specify whether your choice of Italian sausage should be sweet or hot, because we have at least one dedicated lover of this dish who prefers the hot Italian sausage. That choice is up to the diner.

Add some good, fresh, crusty bread, a plate of cut-up veggies and your favorite beverage and tuck in.

Penne with Italian Sausage – A One Skillet Meal


3/4 pound Italian pork sausage

1-1/4 cups water

1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained

1 cup Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce

8 ounces dry penne pasta, uncooked

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Step one:

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 minutes, breaking apart with spoon to crumble. Drain; return to skillet.

Step two:

Add water, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce and pasta to skillet; stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover; reduce heat and cook 15 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Step three:

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Category: Cooking, Economy

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Veritas Omnia Vincit

I did it your way, then I went my own way…so apologies for that….

I also prefer the hot sausage which I cook on the grill first…then cut into pieces…then instead of boiling I kind of saute the rest of that stuff with some garlic and onion, while boiling the pasta in a separate pan (I know now it’s a two pan mess to clean) then I mix it at the end and leave it on low to warm together and mix the flavors for ten to fifteen minutes….

A variation I find rather enjoyable…


Not to name names, but a certain, now deceased actor and WWII Navy flyer has a Marinara sauce that’s hard to beat. Unless you make your own, of course.

Thanks, Ex.


oh yeah, wayne morris from “the bushwackers” and his famous morris marinara


Ahh, no. But thanks for playing.


are you sure you’re not thinking of the former ww2 navy flier who started the canned baked beans company???


For those who like to cook under pressure:

Instant Pot Italian Sausage Penne


1 lb mild Italian sausage
1.5 cups frozen chopped onions and pepper
2 tsp garlic
1 (28-32 oz) jar pasta sauce
1 jar water
chopped basil, to taste
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 (16 oz) box penne pasta
3-4 handfuls baby spinach
1 cup mozzarella, shredded


Set pressure cooker to Sauté mode and brown sausage with garlic, onions and peppers, breaking it up as it cooks.
Once cooked, add jar of pasta sauce, one jar-full of water, basil, Italian seasoning, penne pasta, and a few handfuls of baby spinach to the pot.
Close the lid, set the vent to “sealing,” and set the Instant Pot to Manual for 5 minutes. It will likely take around 10 minutes to reach pressure.
Once the timer goes off, allow a 5-minute natural pressure release. Once the pot reads L0:05, quick release the rest of the pressure.
Stir the contents of the pot, mix in half of the shredded mozzarella.
Top with the remaining mozzarella, and enjoy!

Woo hoo!!


Sounds delicious. I love a one skillet recipe.

For anyone interested, Rao’s makes a really good sauce. It’s $$, but worth it.

Jeff LPH 3, 63-66

I made the above sausage/penne about 6 times and worth every penne/cent




Got everything to finally make this. Even some bread for garlic bread on the side. Tomorrow. Will put it together tomorrow.

(Mouth is watering just thinking about it!)


Still playing catch up from being dark last week. These kinda dishes are about all that EyeTalion sausages are good for. And the mild to hot is better to me than the sweet.

Real sausages are for grilling or in gravy over cat heads…or in cabbages…or…