Penne Pasta with Quick Sausage Sauce


  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (or fresh)
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ c merlot
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • parseley
  • basil
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1 box penne pasta
  • parmesan cheese


Cook the links in a pan in 1/2 of boiling water for 15 min. Drain water and brown in pan. Take out and cut into slices.

Brown sausage and onion in large skillet. Pour off any grease and add garlic for the last few minutes until soft but not brown. Add tomatoes and wine and spices as desired. Simmer 5-10 minutes.

Drain penne reserving a small amount of the cooking liquid. Add to sauce if it is too thick. Toss pasta and sauce together. (Save a dish. Do it in the newly drained pasta pot!) Serve topped with a bit of parmesan cheese.


Cooking time: 30 minutes