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Penne Pasta with Sweet Sausage and Basil Sauce


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10)
  • 1 lb. sausage links, diced ($2.49)
  • 2 8 oz. cans tomato sauce ($.66) $.33 each at Walgreens
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves ($.05)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. penne pasta ($.29) Details on how I got that price
  • Optional: Couple pinchfuls of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 bag Brussels sprouts ($.99)


  • In a large skillet, add the olive oil. Add the diced sausage pieces and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until begin to brown. Stir often. (I was using a fully cooked chicken sausage. If you use an uncooked sausage, then be sure to cook it all the way through before adding in the sauce.)
  • Once browned, stir in the tomato sauce and add the basil leaves and salt and pepper.
  • While the sausage is browning, cook the pasta as directed on the package. Drain and return to the pot.
  • Pour the sausage and basil sauce over the pasta and toss. Toss with shredded or grated parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Cook the brussels sprouts as directed on the bag.
  • Serve Penne Pasta with Sweet Sausage and Basil Sauce, and a side of Brussels sprouts or other veggie.