This is the type of recipe that is delicious, super easy, and not at all fancy. I like to make this instead of lasagna since it requires cheaper ingredients and Ryan is particularly fond of it (go figure). While this dish may not be impressive, it doesn't take a lot of effort and it is quite tasty. And tasty but easy is pretty much my cooking attitude.
This recipe will give you a ton of food for a very reasonable price. I usually like to cut the recipe in half since it is just us three, but that is entirely up to you (I just plan other recipes using the sauce and cream cheese).
Would I make this again? Already a family favorite.
Cheesy Sausage Penne
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 garlic clove, minced
1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4 green onions, sliced
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream and onions.
3. In a greased shallow 3-qt. baking dish, layer half of the pasta and sausage mixture. Dollop with half the cream cheese mixture; sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese. Repeat layers.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.