I love pasta, and I love cheese, so making cheesy delicious pastas is kind of my thing!
From Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne to Cheesy Taco Baked Ziti to Mushroom Bacon Cheesy Pasta, I’ve shared many cheesy pasta dishes on LLB over the years and I’m so excited to introduce you to another deliciously cheesy recipe today!
The four cheese tomato sauce is totally delicious on it’s own, but toss it with flavorful Italian Sausage and Penne Pasta and you have a real winner!
This entire dish is easily made in about 30 minutes, making it the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner option!
- 1 lb Italian Sausage
- 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
- 8 oz cream cheese (cubed)
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- ¼ cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
- ¼ cup ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the Italian sausage, cook through, drain any grease, then set aside.
While the sausage is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the penne pasta according to package directions, drain then set aside.
In a medium pot over medium heat, melt the cream cheese, tomato sauce, tomato paste and chicken broth together.
Add the oregano, parsley, garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt and red pepper flakes, stir everything together.
Add the parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, continue stirring until all of the cheese has melted into the sauce.
Add the cooked sausage and penne pasta to the cheesy tomato sauce and stir to combine. Serve immediately topped with fresh basil.
Serve it up and dig in!
♣ Vegetarian Option: Omit the sausage. The four cheese tomato sauce recipe is so good on its own! Also, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.
♦ Gluten Free Option: Use gluten-free pasta, and make sure the sausage used is gluten-free.