Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

Well, it wasn't really too cold outside but at this time of year I expect it to be warmer. This coolness combined with the rain today, made it feel like a early spring day.  So with that in mind, it was a good day to use the oven.  I really like this recipe and have made it a few times.  If I served this to you, you would never guess that it is made with turkey sausage.... when the flavors combine, it is fantastic. 

Simple ingredients

Cook the sausage, onions and garlic and then add the tomatoes and tomato paste

When pasta is done combine with the above mixture and layer in a casserole dish with mozzarella and parmesan cheese... bake and 25 minutes later it is ready to eat!  John really likes this and gave it 4 stars!

Side note today:  I felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode... I was leaving work and took the elevator to what I thought was my level and was wandering around for a bit until I remembered I was down 2 levels...  Luckily I was not carrying an air conditioner!

Baked Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes Serves: 4 Calories: 415 Prep Time to Table: 40 minutes
Recipe : Adapted from Cooking Light

-1/2 lb penne pasta
-1/2 lb hot turkey sausage links
-1 tsp minced bottled garlic
 -1/4 cup chopped onion
-1 tbl tomato paste
-1/4 tsp salt
 -1/4 tsp pepper
-1 can (14.5) petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
-2 tbl chopped fresh basil
- 2 oz. parmesan cheese
-2 oz. shredded fresh mozzarella cheese

1. Cook pasta, drain and set aside
2. Cook crumbled sausage (casings removed), onion, and garlic over medium heat until browned
3. Add tomato paste, tomatoes S&P and bring to boil; cover and cook for 10 minutes – stir occasionally
4. Spray a 2 quart baking dish with PAM.
5. Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture and basil. Place half in dish, top with half mozzarella and half parmesan – repeat layers
6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly Notes: this can be easily doubled for a bigger crowd


  1. Looks great! Funny - I made about the same exact thing last night - except with chicken! Looks like you are enjoying that garden you didn't want! Thanks John!

  2. You should give me that recipe to try!!

  3. No recipe.... just threw what I had together - did stop at Target to pick up the famous Rotisserie chicken! There were plenty last night!!!


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