I use New York style Italian sausage, links or ground. Remove the casing if using links and then stir fry the sausage. I sometimes also add ground beef or ground turkey.
After everything is cooked, I add 2 cans of diced tomatoes with basil and garlic and 1 large jar of
Classico spagetti sauce. Choose your favorites. They come in many different flavors.
Cook your penne pasta as directed and combine the meat mixture with the pasta. Add some parmesan cheese and fresh basil to complete the dish.
My neighbor who is Italian loves this recipes. His wife was so surprised when I told her I use a jar of Classico Spagetti sauce. LOL...A little cheating here and there makes life easier sometimes.
You can also use fresh tomatoes with herbs for a great fresh taste of tomatoes.