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Succulent Sausage Penne Pasta Bake

Sausage Penne
Nothing gets you in the mood like a big juicy sausage!  Coupled with long penne pasta oozing with cheese, this sinful dish will get your mouth watering. FYI – this rates up there with the naughtiest of dishes – butter, oil, cream, cheese, and sausage – not for those looking to avoid a heart attack while indulging.  At least you’ll go out with a smile on your face, though. *wink*
1/2 lb penne
3 T butter
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 c heavy cream
1/4 t pepper (ground)
1/2 c parmesan cheese (grated)
1 c sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 Chicken Sausages (cut in 1/2” rounds; diagonally) I use Johnsonville Three Cheese Italian; but feel free to sub)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring salted water to a boil for the penne.
2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, brown sausage on both sides; set aside.
3. Melt butter in the saute pan with olive oil over medium/low heat.
4. Add cream and pepper; bring mixture to a simmer over low heat, stirring often.
5. Add the parmesan cheese and simmer sauce for 5-8 minutes or until sauce has thickened and is smooth.
6. When sauce has thickened add the cheddar cheese and stir constantly until smooth.
7. Toss sausage, sauce, and penne together and place in a oven proof dish; bake for 20 minutes.
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