Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Italian Sausage and Peppers Penne

Italian pasta dishes are the best and most classic comfort foods. This baked penne with Italian sausage is sure to get everyone to the table as soon as it comes out of the oven. My husband and I don’t make a lot of pasta, but every once in a while we do enjoy a good lasagna or a good Italian pasta dish. This is one of those favorites that we make every once in a while.

454 grams hot 
Italian sausage1 large onions chopped
1 Tbsp virgin olive oil
1/ 2 red pepper (chopped)
1/2 orange pepper (chopped)
1/2 yellow pepper (chopped)
4 garlic cloves minced
1 Tbsp basil
1 Tbsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 large jar of pasta sauce ( 400 ml)
1 box penne pasta (500 grams)
1 tub of ricotta cheese ( 250 grm)
1 jar of 
Alfredo sauce (640 ml)
1 cup grated 
Parmesan cheese4 cups mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup of fresh basil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Set a salted pot of water to boil. Add penne and cook according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, set a medium nonstick pan over medium-high heat heat oil and cook sausage, break up into small chunks with a wooden spoon and until browned, add chopped onions, and peppers and garlic and cook until tender about 6-7 minutes and add tomato paste, pasta sauce and spices and combine and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and add Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese and pasta and combine.

In a large casserole, layer 1/2 of the pasta mixture and top the layer with half of each of the cheeses and sprinkle with fresh basil and repeat.Bake until golden brown and hot throughout, about 30 minutes.
You will need 1 454 gram box of penne pasta
Cook according to directions on package. Drain and set aside
In a skillet cook oil, Italian sausage and onions until brown
Add peppers and garlic and continue to cook until tender

Add a jar of your favorite pasta sauce.

Add the tomato paste
Add spices and combine well and simmer for 5 minutes.
You will need a tub of ricotta cheese and garlic alfredo sauce
Remove from heat and add Alfredo sauce, ricotta cheese and pasta and combine.

mix the sauces in well

Add the penne pasta

In a large casserole dish layer the pasta mixture and top with both of the cheeses.

Repeat with another layer of pasta mixture

Top with the remaining cheese and fresh basil and bake for 30 minutes.

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