Mix up pasta night and try Penne with Artichokes and Italian sausage. Artichokes add just the right flavor along with some sun-dried tomatoes for an easy pasta dish you can make in just 30 minutes.
¾cupoil packed sun-dried tomatoesdrained and reserve oil
2tablespoonsreserved oil from sun-dried tomatoes
1lbItalian sausagecasings removed
16ouncesfrozen artichoke heartsOr canned
1 ¾cupschicken broth
½cupparmesan cheesefreshly shredded
8ouncesfresh mozzarella cheesedrained and cubed
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. While you are waiting, make the sauce.
Heat 2 tablespoons of reserved oil from the sun-dried tomatoes in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and break apart with a spoon, cook until brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer to paper towel lined plate. Add canned or thawed artichoke hearts and garlic to the same skillet and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, wine and sliced sun-dried tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until slightly reduced, stirring occasionally for about 8 minutes.
Drain pasta and add to the artichoke mixture. Add sausage, parmesan cheese, and basil back to the pan. Stir in the cubed mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper and serve with additional parmesan.