How to make it

  • Cook both boxes of noodles until they are semi done.
  • Drain and set aside, but do not rinse.
  • Melt 1 Tbsp butter in a saucepot.
  • Add minced garlic (more or less if desired).
  • Slowly add heavy whipping cream to melted butter and garlic mixture.
  • Bring sauce to a slow simmer, then add 2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese.
  • Stir until melted.
  • Let sauce simmer on low.
  • Break into pieces and brown Italian sausage.
  • Add 2 thinly sliced peppers to meat mixture.
  • When both are fully cooked, dump them into the sauce.
  • Saute sliced mushrooms in 1 Tbsp butter seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • When cooked, add to sauce.
  • Add fresh basil to taste (don’t be stingy — a lot is better).
  • Add diced garlic to taste.
  • Add olive oil.
  • Don’t be afraid to start small and add more basil, garlic and oil as you go.
  • This tomato mixture can be made a day early; let set in refrigerator overnight.
  • Add this dish to the sauce.
  • Bring the huge pot to a boil, let it simmer just a minute or two.
  • Take the penne noodles and divide them into the two 9x13-inch pans, spreading them out evenly.
  • Divide sauce into each pan filled with the noodles and mix it with the noodles.
  • Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top of both pans.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Don't forget you can half or make and freeze half

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  • clkush 12 years ago
    I must be missing something when do you add the tomatoes? I don't see tham mentioned in the instructions. clkush
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  • conner909 12 years ago
    This looks like a winner! Love Italian sausage in pasta and I know teenagers must really go for this! Bookmarking this. Thanks, and I think the alteration from minkie can only be a plus!
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    " It was excellent "
    minkie ate it and said...
    Aha, figured it out! The recipe I tried used 15 fresh roma tomatoes. You whirled them up in the food processor with fresh basil and olive oil and then pour that mixture into the sauce. Everything else is the same. This recipe is FANTASTIC.
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    " It was excellent "
    minkie ate it and said...
    I'm curious - is there a step missing between 14-19? I made a very similar dish, but the tomatoes, olive oil and basil were whirled in the food processor and then added to the sauce.
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  • letuceleaf 13 years ago
    sounds amazing
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