I cannot take credit for this recipe.
Nope this is what my family calls a Mrs. Mooney recipe. And no one will ever be able to make it as good as she does. She just has the touch. Something no one else can replicate, though we all try. Mrs. Mooney is family friend, she is an amazing cook. She would probably prefer I call her by her name, Laura, but even though I am old enough to call her by her first name I do not think I will ever be able to not call her Mrs. Mooney. That is just who she is to me.
Seriously, you guys she is amazing cook and this recipe is one of her best dishes. EVERYONE loves it. You are definitely some lucky people to be getting your hands on this recipe. It may sound simple, have simple ingredients and be fairly easy, but it is one serious crowd pleaser! Sometimes simple is best!
There are a few very important details to the penne. They are what make it different from any other boring penne recipe you have. First you need lots of olive oil, it will seem like you have used too much, but I promise you have not. Mrs. Mooney says you want equal parts olive and marinara sauce. Second, garlic. Lots and lots of garlic. It makes the sauce. Third, the marinara sauce. It has to be Newman’s Own Marinara sauce, no exceptions, no substitutions. Do not try to use any other marinara sauce, trust me I have tried. Newman’s is the best and they give all their profits to charity! And they just came out with an organic marinara. So, USE Newman’s. Finally, spicy italian sausage. This is optional, but honestly it is so much better when the sausage has simmered all day in the sauce. It just has SO much flavor.
We like to serve the Penne with grilled italian chicken. Just a little olive oil, basil, smoked paprika, oregano, parsley, salt and pepper. Oh and of course some bread to soke up that heavenly sauce.
This is a great meal to serve around Christmas time. It feeds a crowd, it super easy and can be prepared ahead of time. Plus, it is beautiful all plated up with a sprinkle of fresh grated parmesan cheese. Um and hello it is red and if you add some fresh chopped parsley it will be red and green!
Ok, so go buy some Newman’s. Like now!