Baked Penne with Sausage and Peppers

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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
1lb hot Italian
1 chopped green
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
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!

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