Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

 Sharing a simple penne pasta today! My Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta makes dinner stress-free and delicious!

Penne Pasta

Penne Pasta Recipe

Pasta is such a great weeknight dinner choice. You can dress it up in so many different ways, which is probably why it makes an appearance a couple times each week in our house. I developed a new pasta recipe for you today that literally only has a few ingredients which makes it so great for weeknight cooking! I had so much fun sitting back and watching my boys devour this pasta recipe.

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Penne Pasta

I used a mini penne pasta for this recipe, however feel free to use whatever small pasta your family enjoys most.

Penne Pasta

Add your pasta to browned sausage and give a good stir.

Penne Pasta

Add your bag of Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce and dinner is about ready! Stir in a few splashes of milk, garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper then you are ready to go.

Penne Pasta

Nothing like a hot bowl of flavorful pasta for dinner. The entire family is going to love this one!

Before, I would just whip up pasta with some sausage or ground beef which the kids enjoy but I love that by adding those cheesy vegetables you get a whole new dinner idea that could not be more simple.

Penne Pasta

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Weeknight Sausage Penne Pasta

This cheesy and satisfying Sausage and Vegetable Penne Pasta is an easy weeknight dinner recipe that the whole family will love.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 307kcal
Author: Jenny
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  • 1/2 pound dry penne pasta
  • 1 pound mild Italian Sausage
  • 12 ounce bag Frozen Broccoli Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add sausage, cook and stir until browned. Add cooked pasta, reduce heat to low and stir to combine.
  • Cook Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer according to package directions. Carefully open and add to pasta. Stir to combine then add seasonings and milk. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until hot. Remove from heat and serve.


Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2202IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: easy dinner ideas, easy weeknight dinners, sausage pasta recipe

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16 Responses
  1. Andrev Spasky

    I often cook too many sausages, should they survive fridge snaffling, they go into a sausage and tomato casserole
    Fry onion and garlic in a little oil, add chopped sausages, tinned toms, paprika, maybe a bit of chilli. Pasta. Job done.
    Add beans if not enough sausages have made it to the next day.

  2. Jaime

    Very good recipe… My only complaint would be that it didn’t have enough cheese for my family. I had to add a little more & then it was a hit!

  3. Mona

    Here’s a question for Gina Neely. My kids love spaghetti and meatballs and request it all of the time. How can I re-invent spaghetti and meatballs into something new?

  4. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    Quick, easy, and delicious? Just hand over the whole pot of goodies!

  5. Naomi

    Fast weeknight diners are a must, so this is a great one to add to the recipe box. And those steamers – we love them.

  6. Jenn H

    Tried this tonight and loved it. It’s a nice easy meal when you need to make something quick. Will definitely keep this in my rotation of recipes.

  7. Karen

    This recipe is good for older people too who really don’t have much energy to cook. Thanks!

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