Sunday, April 25, 2010

Penne & Peppers

This is one of the easiest, tastiest dishes.  Whips up in minutes and tastes amazing!  This is great for dinner parties when you want to impress but don't have a ton of time.  I don't know that I've had better at any Italian restaurant.

3 cups penne pasta, uncooked
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 each green and red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) cream cheese (garlic & chive is an excellent option)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Cook pasta as directed on package.

Meanwhile, crumble sausage into large skillet; cook and stir on medium heat 8 min. or until done. Drain. Add bell peppers; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in spaghetti sauce; cook 5 min. or until heated through. Add cream cheese; cook 2 min. or until melted, stirring frequently.

Drain pasta. Add to sausage mixture; mix lightly. Top with Parmesan.