Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook/Bake Time 25 minutes


Makes 6 servings


1/4 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans (28 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2-1/2 cups (8-1/2 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
1/2 pound reduced-fat smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 cup (4 ounces) part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes, at room temperature
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat until hot. Add garlic; cook and stir 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover; simmer 15 minutes. Cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt; drain. Set aside; keep warm.
  3. Place half of tomatoes in blender or food processor container; blend just until coarsely chopped. Add tomato purée to pasta; toss to combine.
  4. Heat small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook and stir 3 minutes. Remove sausage to skillet with remaining tomato mixture. Cover; simmer over medium heat 5 minutes or until heated through.
  5. Add reserved pasta to skillet; toss to combine. Stir in cheese, basil and salt, if desired. Serve immediately.


This recipe makes about 3 cups of sauce. The tomato sauce would be good with any kind of pasta. You could also substitute fresh parsley for the basil.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories 287
Calories from Fat 13 %
Total Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Carbohydrate 47 g
Fiber 4 g
Protein 15 g
Sodium 969 mg

Dietary Exchange

Starch 2-1/2
Vegetable 2
Meat 1

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