One Pot Skillet Toasted Penne with Turkey Sausage: Monday Made It

I almost didn't make it to the Monday Made It party this week- I was away all weekend at a wedding, a birthday party, and a funeral.  So no crafting, just eating.  Lots and lots of eating.  I did manage to squeeze in one dinner before we left for our busy weekend, and I'd love to share it with you!

I've recently started a new diet, inspired by some of my #healthyteachers friends, and healthy dinners that my husband will eat is something that is hard to find! (As in, no vegetables besides lettuce, potatoes, and peas.) I still love him.  I think I hit the nail on the head with this one, though. If you like the famous "Spicy Turkey Sausage Pasta" then you will love this lightened up dish! It's creamy and smooth, without the milk, cream, or cheese to calorify it up! Yes, that's a word.  You cook the pasta in chicken broth, kind of like risotto.  It was strange at first, but then the pasta began to really soften and absorb the broth and I could see the light...and smell the goodness!

 One Pot Toasted Penne with Turkey Sausage
Inspired by Cooking Light

4 cups low salt chicken broth or stock 
2 Tbsp evoo, divided
1/2 lb penne pasta
1 small onion, diced
1 package smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1 Tbsp red hot pepper 
2 Tbsp white wine
Basil or parsley (optional)
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp evoo. Add pasta, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often, until lightly toasted. Remove from pan.  Add evoo, sausage, and onion to pan, cook until browned. Remove to a plate. Return pasta to skillet, add 1 cup of broth at a time, stirring constantly (like risotto) until most of the liquid has been absorbed before adding more. Cook until pasta has fully cooked ( about 30 minutes) before adding sausage, herbs, and white wine.  Top with cheese and serve immediately.  Mangia!

I'm also linking this up to my friend Christy's Eating, Drinking, and Linking party.  Her pinterest board has all the great recipes on it- go check it out! 


  1. That looks yummy, interested to try it!
    This old art room

  2. I could totally make that because the ingredients are minimal. Yumm-o! I'm so glad you linked up so I could leave you a post comment! :) XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Looks great! I think Eric would actually eat this! Finally a pasta dish he will eat that isn't loaded with cream! It is a miracle! Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend!

    Eclectic Educating


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