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Cindi Avila’s Recipe of the Month- Easy Penne

It’s that time again! Last night I made Chef Cindi Avila’s Easy Penne recipe featuring Lightlife Smart Sausages® Italian Style.

If you’re looking for a fast weeknight meal that looks and tastes like it took much longer to prepare than it really did, this is the recipe for you! To cook the entire meal, it literally only took the amount of time it takes to cook pasta. But don’t let the quick prep time fool you, because it definitely did not lack flavor whatsoever! Actually, I think this is my favorite of her recipes so far!

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Easy Penne Featuring Lightlife Smart Sausages® Italian Style

Makes 8 servings


  • 2 packages Lightlife Smart Sausages Italian Style
  • 1 package whole grain penne
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt


Cook whole grain pasta according to package. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Cut each Smart Sausage Italian Style link into 1/3 inch pieces. When oil is hot, add sausage pieces to pan. After two minutes flip sausage pieces to brown each side. When lightly browned, add tomatoes and salt to the pan and cook for approximately 5-6 minutes. After draining pasta, pour sausage mixture over pasta and serve.

I was only cooking for two so I modified the ingredients slightly...

Can't get much easier than putting the ingredients in a pan and stirring 😛


Check back next month to see what Cindi has created next!


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