Clean Eating Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

We have another versatile and good clean eating recipe to share that we think you’re whole family will really be able to get into. Don’t be surprised if there aren’t any leftovers! This recipe features whole wheat pasta, sausage, fresh parmesan and optional hearty tomatoes for garnish. The baked penne with Italian sausage is complimented with a roll and slow roasted balsamic apples. We think this dish will have your whole family begging for more clean eating. Look for recipes like this on our clean eating plan.

Baked Penne with Italian Sausage


Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
Italian sausage
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Parmesan cheese
2 tsp each dried oregano and basil


Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Saute sausage until juices run clear. Spread 1 layer of penne in 9×13 casserole dish and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add ½ jar of spaghetti sauce and sausage and sprinkle with herbs, salt, and pepper and again with parmesan cheese. Continue with another layer of pasta, cheese, rest of spaghetti sauce, sausage, & herbs and finish with a generous portion of parmesan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbling.

Slow Roasted Balsamic Apples


3 Apples
3 T Balsamic Vinegar
3 T Brown Sugar


Cut apples in half. Make a paste with 3 T each of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Top each apple half with a pat of butter and ½ T mixture. While pasta bakes, bake apples at 350 for 25 minutes. Garnish apples with additional brown sugar.

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4 thoughts on “Clean Eating Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

  1. Autumn

    I’m confused by what the clean eating plan is. I was thinking natural, unprocessed and from scratch but I’m guessing that is not the case with jarred spaghetti sauce and sausage?

  2. Susie

    Sounds good. What is your criteria for clean eating plan? Would love the clean eating plan if not made with processed foods like jarred Spaghetti sauce. Very easy to make homemade spaghetti sauce. Maybe this was a mis categorization?

    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Susie,
      We understand that it can be confusing to distinguish the differences between some plans. Our clean eating plan features foods that are as close to their natural state as can be purchased. This includes lean meats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables and leaves out processed foods as much as possible. We hope you enjoy trying it with any modifications you want to make to it like homemade spaghetti sauce.

  3. Amanda

    I was also wondering about the jarred sauce. Sausage is generally not considered a part of any *clean* eating plan. I am *very* excited about Emeals offering a clean eating menu, and have printed out the freebie. I will purchase this package and adjust accordingly.

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