Delicious Dishes

Sausage and Cherry Tomato Penne

Yes – he cooked!  Urban Suburban Daddy is actually a wonderful cook (when he actually does).  Could you please do it more often?

We, as a family, were just introduced to Barilla Pronto pasta. Honestly, this pasta is amazing and so easy to make!  The best part is, you can use one pan, you don’t have to wait to boil the pasta and you don’t have to drain it. It actually tastes better that regular pasta and certainly makes Italian chefs proud. I even think Jamie Oliver would give it two thumbs up.

So I was the sous chef on this recipe.  But really, it was minimal work.


What you need:

  • One box of your favorite pasta.  We are really digging Barilla Pronto (we chose Penne)
  • One jar of tomato sauce (we used Newman’s Own this time but we also recommend the Barilla brand)
  • half of a container of cherry tomatoes
  • 3 fresh farm sausages (remove from casings)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

What you do:

  • Pour the whole box of pasta* into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter.)  I used a medium saucepan
  • Pour 3 cups (750 ml) of cold water into the pan ensuring that the water covers the pasta.
  • Turn on the burner to high and set your timer to 10 minutes. Optional: add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to taste.
  • Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until most of the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes but may vary by stove.
  • In another pan, Urban Suburban Daddy cooked the fresh farm sausages with a little bit of vegetable oil until they browned.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add half a jar of tomato sauce to the pasta and toss along with the cherry tomatoes and sausages
  • Season with salt and pepper and enjoy

    Just a side note, I decided to heat up the pasta for my next day’s lunch.  I steamed some spinach and added it to the dish for my own version of Sausage, Cherry Tomato and Spinach Penne.