I wasn’t around then ヅ but I’m guessing the tribe ate one-dish meals back in prehistoric days. Whatever food they had on hand, was thrown into one pot and cooked over a fire to feed them.
This is a great casual meal if you like sweet sausage, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms combined with pasta. The sausage is not cooked and crumbled as usual; simply sliced into bite-size pieces and sautéed first with onions and garlic. You can roast the red peppers yourself, or buy a jar as I do.
The bad thing is ~~~ I neglected to take photos after it was sprinkled with cheese and baked! You’ll just have to imagine it…
Baked Pasta with Roasted Red Peppers Tomatoes and Sausage
1 pound penne rigate pasta
2 pounds sweet Italian link sausage, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, chopped
2 (26-ounce) jars marinara sauce
1 (15-ounce) can petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar roasted red peppers, drained
½ cup red wine, or water
1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Cook pasta according to package directions until almost al dente, drain well, set aside.
In a large skillet or saucepan, sauté onion, garlic and sausage until sausage is no longer pink.
Stir in next 10 ingredients, through seasoned pepper, and blend well.
Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cooked pasta and mix well.
Coat a 15 x 10-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
Layer half of the pasta mixture in baking dish.
Sprinkle 1-cup mozzarella over top.
Spread remaining pasta mixture over all.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until warm throughout.
Top with remaining cup of mozzarella.
Cover with foil.
Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with Parmigiano reggiano.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Serve it with Caesar salad and garlic bread, it will be a hit for your crowd!
Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes!