Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata

When our family is in the midst of sports craziness, I like to try as much as I can to still feed them with filling, fuel-filled meals. Our family has a “Eat Out” rule…simply that we get one meal out a week and it’s a meal that we all gather at together. This helps feed my ambition to have decent meals during the week, because running through a drive through for convenience isn’t an option (I must admit, out of complete desperation, I have broken our little rule; but rarely!).

There is definitely some prep that needs to go into the week in order to get a decent meal ready each night, and Angela and I are excited that we will be sharing some of these prepping ideas with you soon!

Until then, try out this Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata!

Super fast meal on the go Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata

Tonight is a perfect example of when I would make this meal; we have one at basketball practice, another at diving and the last is off to a baseball winter workout. Of course, none of these practices are at the same time, but overlapping and at all different times. We make it a priority to sit down as a family every night for dinner.  But it’s a night like tonight that it’s just impossible, unless we didn’t eat until 9pm AND I don’t think I could hold off my food-loving, growing by the minute, eat-me-out-of-the-house boys off until 9pm!

Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata

If I get the Penne Arrabbiata made about 4:30 in the afternoon OR even the night before, it’s super easy to scoop onto a plate and pop into the microwave for a reheat, add some bread and a quick salad and it’s a really yummy, filling meal.  What’s even better, is that this is even more flavorful on day 2!

**Beware, that if your kids help you in the kitchen (like mine do, and always without complaining, wink, wink!) your sausage may be a little on the “done” side like below!  This is when I simply remind my self, that life’s not perfect and I am thankful for the extra hands in the kitchen!**

Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata

Also, because this is SO easy to make it’s one of my “go-to recipes” I use when we have a large group of people over. When people ask for the recipe I am almost embarrassed to share, because it is SO easy to make!

Be forewarned, that the Penne Arrabbiata has a little bit of kick…if your family does not like spice, just leave out the crushed red pepper!

Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata

Cookware, Pots/Pants, etc. You’ll Need

Here is a list of what you’ll need to prepare this recipe:

Fast & Easy Penne Arrabbiata

Penne Arrabbiata {Fast & Easy }
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 5-6
  • 1lb penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (28oz) pasta sauce ( I use Ragu Chopped Tomato, Olive Oil & Garlic)
  • 1 t. crushed red pepper
  • ½ c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg (19oz) Johnsonville Italian Sausage, cooked and sliced
  1. Cook italian sausage according to package directions, slice into coin sized pieces after it is cooked.
  2. Cook penne pasta and drain
  3. Place pasta sauce in large microwave safe bowl, microwave 3 min. or until heated through.
  4. Add parmesan and red pepper to HOT sauce, stir.
  5. Stir in sausage and pasta.