Michael Voltaggio’s Memphis Style BBQ Penne

Pronto Penne package

Made with

Barilla Pronto® Penne



Ingredients for 6 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Pronto® Penne
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 14-ounce package, smoked beef sausage or kielbasa, sliced into coins
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups BBQ sauce


  • In a 12 inch skillet sauté sausage in olive oil for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Pour the whole box of pasta into the skillet then pour 3 cups of cold water into the pan ensuring that the water covers the pasta.
  • Turn on the burner to high and set your timer to 10 minutes (optional: add ½ teaspoon salt to taste).
  • Cook on high, stirring regularly for approximately 8 minutes.
  • Add BBQ sauce, bring to a simmer and cook remaining 2 minutes until most of the water and sauce are absorbed.
  • Remove skillet from the heat and stir well. Top with onions and serve immediately.
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