This recipe is from a friend of my sister-in-law. A little different from your typical weeknight spaghetti, it’s a nice option for mixing things up.


  • 1/2 lb Penne pasta
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half


  • Brown sausage and drain fat
  • Simultaneously, bring water to a boil and cook pasta
  • Combine garlic, onion, olive oil, butter, diced tomatoes and cream with sausage; simmer
  • Combine cooked pasta with sauce
  • Add Parmesan cheese and serve immediately (garnish with herbs, if desired)