Sunday, September 28, 2008

Italian Sausage & Penne Pasta....sort of a casserole

I have picky eaters, so it is rather rare to find something that everyone likes. This is one of those rare recipes. Hubby used to order an Italian dish when we would go out & from it we came up with this idea.


1 lb bulk Italian Sausage (hot or mild, depending on who's eating it)
box of Penne Pasta
Can of Hunts Spaghetti Sauce (Garlic & Herb is my favorite)
grated Mozzarella cheese
parmesan cheese

I start by browning the sausage in a frying pan and boiling the pasta until it is tender. Once the sausage is cooked, add the can of Spaghetti sauce, then add the extra herbs and the parmesan cheese to taste. Once the pasta is done, drain it & pour it into a 9x13 baking dish. pour the sauce & meat mixture over it, mix lightly just to cover all the pasta with sauce. Last, add the mozzarella cheese over the top & put it in the oven to bake at 400 until the cheese is light brown & bubbly. From start to finish this shouldn't take more than an hour to have on the table.

This is GREAT with garlic bread & a green salad. If your family will eat it, you can also add green peppers and black olives to the sauce before adding it to the pasta. Other variations: Link Italian sausage works too, I slice it into thin rounds. I've also used ground beef or plain ground pork seasoned with extra garlic, oregano & basil.

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