Easy Penne With Smoked Sausage and Caramelized Onions in a skillet with a wooden spoon.

Penne with Smoked Sausage and Caramelized Onions

Author Heather Cheney


  • 12 oz. smoked sausage sliced
  • 8 oz dry penne pasta
  • 1, 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano


  • In a large skillet brown sliced sausage until caramelized. Remove from skillet and set aside, leaving the drippings from the sausage in the pan.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and place onions and salt in sausage drippings. Cook onion, stirring often, until very soft and well caramelized-- about 15 minutes.
  • Boil pasta according to packaged directions and drain, reserving ½ C of the starchy cooking water.
  • Add sausage to the onions as well as the tomatoes and oregano. Bring to a simmer and stir in pasta and parmesan cheese, adding a bit of the cooking water if necessary to loosen it up. Serve with additional parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil if desired.