Italian Main Course Recipes

Penne with Sausage & Mushrooms

This easy one-pot sausage and pasta dish with garlic, mushroom and Parmesan cheese cooks up in just minutes.

This is one of those recipes that can be very delicious if you use quality ingredients.   Pick up some nice spicy Italian sausage from your favourite butcher and a wedge of authentic Parmesan or Asiago cheese. You will want to grate the cheese yourself to ensure the freshest, richest flavour.  Don’t overlook the fresh parsley as it serves to balance out the strong flavours from the garlic, cheese and spices.  

Select high quality pork sausages whose spice blend will season this dish.

If you are in a city with a traditional food market like the Mercato Centrale in Florence, you’ll have the some great opportunities to select quality artisan sausage and some fine cheeses.

Sampling some fine Italian cheeses at the Mercato Centrale in Florence, Italy

For a nice side to this penne and sausage dish try the Italian Bean Salad or a simple arugula salad.

Penne with Sausage & Mushroom

A simple one-pot sausage and pasta dish with garlic, mushroom and Parmesan cheese.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 329kcal
Author: Kevin Lamoureux


  • 1 lb. hot Italian sausages casings removed and cut into bitesize pieces
  • 10 cremini or coffee mushrooms cut in halves
  • 3 garlic cloves coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded Parmigiana Reggiano or Asiago cheese
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta


  • Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  • Roast the garlic in olive oil – be careful not to overcook it.
  • Remove the garlic and discard.
  • Add the mushrooms and sausage to the pan and cook the sausage until the pink is almost gone.
  • Add butter, cheese and pasta.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


Don’t overcook the mushrooms or sausage or you’ll lose their subtle juices that will coat the pasta.

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