Zesty Penne, Sausage, and Peppers

Eric is starting to cook for us some nights and surprised us with this awesome recipe he found.

Yield: Serves 4-6.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups penne pasta, uncooked (⅗ of box)
  • ¾ pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 26-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • dash of red pepper (optional)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into large skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 8 minutes or until done. Drain.
  3. Add bell peppers; cook and stir 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  4. Stir in sauce, fennel, and red pepper; cook 5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Add cream cheese; cook 2 minutes or until melted, stirring frequently.
  6. Drain pasta. Add to sausage mixture; mix lightly. Top with parmesan.

(Adapted from a Kraft recipe.)

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