Penne with Tuscan Sausage and Sun Dried Tomatoes


This recipe is all the flavors of Little Italy. Besides its new look with it's sausage and sun dried tomatoes instead of peppers. Sun dried tomatoes are richer and have deeper flavor that mend with the basil perfectly. It's great as a pasta and make sure you have fresh bread with which to clean your plate!

Total Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 5

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Bella Products Used:

Bella Sun Luci California Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil 16.9 FL OZ

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Julienne Cut Sun Dried Tomatoes in Premium Oil with Italian Herbs 8.5 oz

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Tomato & Basil Sauce Starter

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  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 pound Tuscan sausage, removed from the casing (or your favorite Italian sausage)
  • 2 tbsp (1 oz) Bella Sun Luci Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Bella Sun Luci Tomato Basil Sauce Starter
  • ½ cup (4 oz, about half jar) Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, oil drained and reserved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • About 24 basil leaves


  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  2. In the meantime (or you can do the following in advance), sauté the onion in the reserved sun dried tomato oil + 1 tbsp of the extra virgin olive oil, over a high flame, until translucent/brown, then add the garlic, sauté 1 more minute and remove from stove.
  3. In a separate pan, over a high flame, sauté the sausage in the other 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil until cooked through and lightly browned then remove from pan and set aside.
  4. Add more olive oil from the sun dried tomato jar and saute the onion, then garlic, add chicken stock and simmer. Stir in the tomato basil sauce starter and sun dried tomatoes julienne cut, about half of the basil leaves and season with salt and pepper. Simmer until well combined. 
  5. Add the penne pasta to the pan and combine. 
  6. Serve in individual plates and garnish with the remaining basil leaves.

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