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30-Minute Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Flipp Summer Food Challenge: Saving Money on Groceries + 30-Minute Baked Penne with Italian Sausage Recipe! #FlippFoodChallenge

30-Minute Baked Penne!

Flipp Summer Food Challenge.

Summer is in full force and along with the sunny skies and mostly pretty awesome weather comes delicious food. Often times summer meals and BBQ’s can get pricey! Being able to put wholesome, delicious and affordable meals on the table can be a challenge–but, it doesn’t have to be!

When it comes to feeding our family, I prefer to make real food and I make sure to find the best deals so that I can get the best prices. One of the best tools that I’ve used to date is an absolutely FREE circular app called Flipp that helps you find the best deals at your favorite stores, clip coupons and make your shopping list. Did I mention it was FREE?

The flipp app showing flyers to popular stores.

The flipp app showing flyers and checklists to popular stores.

Browse, Clip, SAVE.

If you are new to the app or you’re a veteran and have been using it for a while. You know that it will help you save every week, all year-long. The free location-based app delivers the latest flyers from your favourite stores right to your pocket.

A kitchen table filled with groceries. Eggs, cheese, pasta, yogurt, watermelon, and more!

Challenge Accepted!

So, you’ll get notifications that will alert you to savings. Plus, with Flipp’s in-app shopping list and coupon matching features, shoppers can quickly and easily find the very best deals on whatever they need, and receive instant savings at checkout! It really doesn’t get better than that!

Back to the challenge, we decided to use the app to find the best deals on groceries. I find where most of our dollars go to is protein since we grill as much as we can all summer long. With a $100 budget, I was challenged to save as much as I can while staying within it.

I think I did pretty good.

What I love the most about the app is that you can make your own list within the app and cross off as you go.  So, shopping was even easier when I didn’t have to fiddle with a paper and pen. Not to mention, say if you add ‘pasta’ to your list, you can click on it and it will show you flyers and coupons for each item. Savings, galore!

Using Flipp, I was able to find a great deal for chicken breasts and chicken thighs for $3.99 a pound. I stocked up and put them in the freezer. I also found pasta for 99¢ a bag and bought a couple of those to stock the pantry with. I bought spicy Italian sausage that was on sale for $3.99 instead of $5.99. To me, those are great foundations for amazing meals already!

I also found great deals on our favorite fruit like blueberries for $5.99 for a 2 lb pack and $3.99 for watermelon. We picked up everything else we normally get as well and found the best price.

A skillet is filled with baked penne and sausage.

Italian Sausage Penne
Yield: 4

30-Minute Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A quick, easy and zesty pasta dish perfect for any day of the week. A blush sauce, topped with cheese and sausage!


  • 2 1/2 cups of penne
  • 3 1/2 cups of pasta sauce
  • 1 tbsp of margarine
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • 1 pound of Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp of oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of parsley
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 knife
  • 1 stirring spoon
  • 1 cutting board
  • 1 cast iron


  1. Boil water. add salt and add pasta.
  2. Cook pasta to taste.
  3. Drain, add margarine to pasta and stir.
  4. Cut sausage in 1-inch slices.
  5. Chop garlic and onion finely.
  6. Add oil to frying pan and lightly brown the sausage.
  7. Add onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  8. In a separate pot, heat pasta sauce, add sour cream and salt and pepper.
  9. Stir in mozzarella cheese until fully melted.
  10. Add pasta and 3/4 of cooked sausage to sauce and mix until fully combined.
  11. Top with remaining 1/4 of sausage and cheese and place in oven in 350 degrees until cheese is melted.
  12. Enjoy!

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Saving Money on Groceries + 30-Minute Baked Penne with Italian Sausage Recipe! #FlippFoodChallenge

Your Turn!

The best part of Flipp is that everyone can use it if you have a phone, you’re set! You can start saving right away, load your reward cards right on the app to have everything all in one place. Plus, all the awesome features that I already mentioned above. It’s fast and easy to download Flipp and it’s user-friendly too.

If you’re ready to save 20% to 70% on groceries and other items every week, you gotta flip over Flipp! I know I have!

You can download the app here:

Google Play for Android

Apple Store for iPhone

For more information, head over to Flipp’s website and make sure to follow Flipp on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

If you like pasta dishes, you have to try this fettucine alfredo!

Do you use any apps to help you with your shopping?

Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!

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  1. I really love the Flipp app – it is a HUGE money saver to know where the best deals are without having to flip through a stack of paper flyers!

    Great work on your bargain hunting

  2. I love using my Flipp app. It is an amazing way to save money and it is so easy to use. I will have to try this challenge.

  3. The Flipp summer food challenge is going to be fun to do. I always find great deals using my Flipp app.

  4. I am an app whore! I love when I can get an app that will help me save money and inspire me to try new and economical dishes.

  5. I downloaded the app a while ago but honestly never used it. Thanks for the reminder. Recipes? YES! Those also will help tremendously.

  6. The recipe looks awesome! I used to use Flipp but they do not have the stores in my area, so sadly I had to switch over to using Reebee

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