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Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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My Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta makes dinner stress-free and delicious!

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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.

I am partnering with Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers this month to bring you quick and simple recipes that help you find new alternatives for dinner with your family during the sometimes hectic week.

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Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

What a difference this bag of cheesy vegetables made to my pasta dish.  It added colorful vegetables throughout the pasta with a flavorful cheese sauce that the kids loved.  A few minutes in the microwave and it’s ready to use.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable 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.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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

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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.

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

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Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne PastaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound dry penne pasta
  • 1 pound mild Italian Sausage
  • 12 ounce bag Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Cook Green Giant™ 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.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. 1
    Liz says:

    A nice easy recipe. Thank you.

  2. 2
    Karen says:

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

  3. 3
    Jenn H says:

    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.

  4. 4

    What an easy recipe! Looks delicious too!

  5. 5
    Naomi says:

    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. 6

    Quick weeknight meals are the best and a must-have!

  7. 7

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

  8. 8
    Maria says:

    Great dinner idea!

  9. 9

    Great for weeknight dinners- I bet this gets your kids to eat tons of veggies!

  10. 10
    Gaby says:

    Such a fabulous weeknight meal!

  11. 11
    BOJAN says:

    please follow me on i need help to be succesful like you… greetins! and thanks!

  12. 12
    Mona says:

    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?

  13. 13
    Kim says:

    My kids are very picky eaters, what are your recommendations in getting them to try new foods?

  14. 14
    Jaime says:

    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!

  15. 15

    Excellent pasta recipe!!!

  16. 16

    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.

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