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I absolutely love pasta. Actually, I don't know any people that do not like pasta. There is something amazingly comforting about a baked pasta dish. I have been trying to think of new ways to make pasta – which seems to be a staple meal in our house.
We typically buy elbow noodles. It is what the kids have always preferred, they are not quite ready for spaghetti, or maybe I am not ready for the mess it creates! I decided to buy penne pasta though, for a little change. And also because I wanted to make a baked pasta dish.
Baked Penne Pasta with sausage peppers & onions
1lb penne pasta cooked
1lb hot Italian sausage
1 chopped green pepper
1 chopped onion
Minced garlic – however much you like, I use a couple of cloves
½ lb cubed mozzarella
1 quart tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Brown sausage in a pan with a little olive oil. Add in chopped onions, peppers and garlic. Continue cooking until peppers and onions are softened a bit. Add sausage mixture and quart of tomato sauce to drained pasta, mix together. Mix in cubed mozzarella. Put in a baking dish and stick in the oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.
The kids absolutely loved this, which I was surprised by. They are not big meat eaters, and I wasn’t sure how the sausage would go over, but they loved it. I think it might have had something to do with them putting the penne pasta on their fingers and calling it “finger noodles,” but I was happy that everyone ate the meal! That seems to be rare these days.
Now my favorites from last week:
I can’t wait to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen this week!