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My garden is bursting with fresh basil and tomatoes all summer long, and I wanted to share this easy, fresh ingredient recipe – Italian sausage penne pasta.

When I lived in Los Angeles I loved going to the The Original Farmer’s Market right by The Grove, and now in Phoenix, we enjoy growing what we can seasonally in our garden beds – which lucky for us are long seasons!
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An easy addition to this summer recipe is adding Prego® Farmers’ Market, new at Walmart, filled with ingredients you’d find at your local farmer’s market like vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic and basil, picked at the peak of freshness just like you went to the farmer’s market!

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This dish reminds me of when I was a newlywed, it was so easy and a great go-to and I’ve made this on several occasions for guests. You can make it vegetarian by leaving out the sausage.

I prefer to make this during the summer so I can grab fresh basil right outside our door. Since the sauce already is made of tomatoes, you can opt to leave the additional tomatoes out – we just like to include it for texture and we often have a plethora of tomatoes so we try to integrate them into every meal.

Italian sausage penne pasta

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Ingredients

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Serves 6-8. Total cook time: 40 minutes.

  • Prego® Farmers’ Market – Roasted Garlic (or Marinara)
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 12 ounces sweet Italian sausage links (removed from casing) you can also try spicy Italian sausage or already ground out of casing.
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Step 1

Prep Ingredients. Slice tomatoes, slice sweet onion in half and thinly slice. Pick basil leaves off stems.

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Step 2

In medium to large pot, heat salted water until boiling and add penne pasta. Cook until al dente (slightly firm to the bite). Drain. Return pasta to pot.

Step 3

In a pan (non-stick if you have one), heat 2 tablespoons of oil on medium-high, add sausage – (if in casings, squeeze links out of their casings. Dispose casings.) Cook for 5 minutes.

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Step 4

Make sauce. Add sliced onions and tomatoes to pan. Cook until softened, add 1 cup of  Prego® Farmers’ Market – Roasted Garlic (or marinara), stir. Season with salt and pepper.

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Step 5

Stir in sauce in cooked penne pasta pot until pasta is coated. Add basil leaves, ripping leaves before adding. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parmesan cheese.

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Enjoy!

Head to your nearest Walmart and pick up one of Prego® Farmers’ Market flavors – Marinara, Tomato & Basil, and Roasted Garlic! There are so many uses for these sauces!