Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Baked Pasta with Smoked Sausage

Last night I was searching for something different to make for dinner than our usual fare and went to one of my most trusted websites for awesome recipes, Mel' s Kitchen café. I decided on this pasta and my family and I loved it. Very easy to put together and tasty. My little family of 5 ate 3/4 of a heaping 9x13 inch pan of pasta!! if you need a new pasta dish or even just an easy meal go give this one a try. Would be perfect for a freezer meal, potluck or when you need to take dinner to someone.
Baked Pasta with Smoked Sausage
(adapted from Mel's Kitchen Café)
1 T. olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
2 T. minced garlic
1(14.5 oz)can diced tomatoes
1(28 oz)can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup heavy cream
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 lb rigatoni, rotini or you pasta of choice
9 oz fresh spinach chopped
12 oz. precooked Hilshire farms smoked sausage. (you can use any brand and turkey or chicken sausage if you wish)found near the hotdogs in all supermarkets, cut into chunks
2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup parm cheese
Boil the pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet or pot heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and  red pepper and cook until almost tender. Add the garlic and continue to sauté till veggies are cooked. add the diced and crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. lower heat and simmer for at least 10 minutes, I prefer to do it about a  half hour just because the flavors have more time to come together, but do what you have time for. Meanwhile, heat a small skillet over medium heat. add the precooked sausage and cook until they are browned on both sides. Take off heat and set aside. After the sauce as had time to simmer for a little bit add the cream and spinach to the sauce and heat through. Then mix the sauce, sausage, and cooked pasta all together. Add half of the mozzarella cheese and stir well. Dump into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle the remaining mozz cheese and the parm cheese over the top. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until browned and edges are crisp.
Make Ahead method:
Prepare as directed right up to the baking step and then cover with a double layer of foil. Freeze. Bake covered for 1 hour  and 30 minutes, uncover bake 30 minutes more. The dish can also be prepared and refrigerated, covered for up to 12 hours before baking. Bake as directed in the recipe, adding and additional 5-10 minutes if needed


Katie Bayles said...

I found your website through your sister Hannah and my life (and my families life) has been better ever since. I've loved ALL your recipes I've tried, and whenever I'm looking for something good to make I always come to your blog. Loved this casserole!

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