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Creamy Sausage Pasta with Corn and Basil

Creamy Sausage & Corn Penne Pasta made with fresh corn & basil, Italian sausage, and mascarpone & parmesan cheeses. Simple pasta perfection in 30 minutes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy pasta recipe, easy sausage pasta, sausage pasta
Servings: 8
Calories: 665kcal
Author: Sandra


  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage we prefer spicy
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn thawed, not canned!
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 tablespoon Sambal chili paste found in the Asian aisle at your local grocery store
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Boil a large pot of salted water on medium-high heat. Add penne and cook according to the package directions. Once noodles are al dente, reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, then drain the remaining water from the noodles. Make sauce while pasta is cooking.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and sausage; cook for about 5-6 minutes, breaking up the sausage as it cooks with a wooden spoon. Break the sausage into bite-sized pieces. 
  • Add the yellow onion and cook for another minute or two. Stir in the corn and salt. Stir until the corn is warm, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large serving dish.
  • Add mascarpone, chili paste, the hot pasta, and the 1/2 cup of reserved pasta water to the large serving bowl with the corn and sausage. Add the Parmesan directly over the hot pasta. Then using a large serving spoon, toss everything together well. Then add the basil and lightly toss again.
  • Serve immediately and with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.


Recipe from Food Network


Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 545IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 1.8mg