Balsamic Mushroom and Sausage Pasta


Embark on a gastronomic journey to the heart of Tuscany with our Tuscan Twilight Balsamic Mushroom & Sausage Pasta. This dish is a symphony of bold flavors, combining the tangy sweetness of balsamic vinegar with the savory richness of sausage and the earthy depth of mushrooms. Perfect for a family dinner or a romantic evening, this pasta dish promises to transport your taste buds to the cobblestone streets of Italy.

Balsamic Mushroom and Sausage Pasta

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 plate (approximately 350g)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 540 kcal
  • Protein: 20g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sodium: 960mg


  • Penne pasta: 300g (10.6 oz)
  • Italian sausage, casing removed: 400g (14 oz)
  • Cremini mushrooms, sliced: 250g (8.8 oz)
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 medium (150g)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 3 (15g)
  • Balsamic vinegar: 3 tablespoons (45ml)
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons (30ml)
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped: 1/4 cup (15g)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese: 1/2 cup (50g)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Pasta Cooking: Cook penne pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Sausage Cooking: In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until browned. Remove and set aside.
  3. Mushroom Sauté: In the same skillet, add olive oil, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Cook until mushrooms are golden.
  4. Combining Flavors: Return sausage to the skillet. Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Final Mix: Add the cooked pasta to the skillet. Toss with sausage and mushroom mixture. Cook until heated through.
  6. Garnishing: Sprinkle with basil and Parmesan cheese before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Quality Balsamic Vinegar: Choose a good quality balsamic vinegar for a richer flavor.
  • Al Dente Pasta: Cook pasta just until al dente for the best texture.
  • Fresh Basil: Use fresh basil for a more aromatic and fresh taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of pasta? 

Absolutely, feel free to use your favorite pasta shape.

Is this dish spicy? 

The spiciness depends on the sausage used; choose mild or spicy according to preference.

Can I make it vegetarian? 

Yes, replace sausage with a plant-based alternative.

As you savor the Tuscan Twilight Balsamic Mushroom & Sausage Pasta, let the rich and harmonious flavors remind you of Italy's rustic charm and culinary passion. Each bite is a celebration of tradition and innovation, bringing the essence of Tuscany right to your table. Buon appetito!