Creamy Penne Pasta Recipe With Chicken Italian Sausage, Zucchini & Mozzarella Is a Quick One-Pan Meal by Donna John

Pasta Dinner
a year ago
Creamy Penne Pasta Recipe With Chicken Italian Sausage, Zucchini & Mozzarella Is a Quick One-Pan Meal

Want a delicious dinner on the table in no time? This easy penne pasta recipe with zucchini and chicken sausage is ready in less than 30 minutes. Serve this simple one-pan recipe with a Caesar salad and garlic bread for a delicious meal. 

Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

Servings: 3 to 4


  • 12 ounces penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced
  • 1/2 pound chicken Italian sausage (casings removed if links)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Here's how to make it:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the zucchini and cook until soft and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Cook the sausage in the same pan, breaking it up as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, Italian seasoning and tomato paste. Cook about 1 minute, stirring.
  3. Add the 1 cup of water and cook about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add the cream cheese and butter and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. 
  5. Return the zucchini to the pan and add the cooked pasta. Stir.
  6. Top with the mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook until melted, about 2 minutes.

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
This sounds so easy and delicious, Donna John ! #yum
This looks really good.
Julie Rose
Comfort food me! 😍
Gwen Johnson
Looks delicious!! I love penne pasta recipes.

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