Wednesday, May 30

Baked Penne

I came up with this little concoction after brainstorming a bit. I wanted something other than the stereotypical pasta dish and with the help of a little summer sausage I came up with a baked penne guaranteed to taste different than anything you've probably had before.
Penne Pasta

cup penne pasta
8 ounces summer sausage
¾ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup each of mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses
1 cup pasta sauce
¼ teaspoon black pepper

1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.
2. In a large skillet cook the sausage, onion, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is brown. Remove from skillet; drain off fat.
Summer Sausage
3.In a large bowl stir together pasta sauce, ¼ of both the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and the pepper. Add the cooked pasta and drained sausage mixture. Stir gently to combine. Spoon the mixture into a 2 quart casserole
4. Bake, covered, in a 375° oven for 25 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese melts. 
Baked Penne

This dish is not only great tasting, but it's easy and fast. If you're looking for an Italian meal with lots of flavor, this dish is perfect!
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