Tested till perfect Make-Ahead Baked Pasta

Make-Ahead Baked Pasta

Kate is planning to make two of these pasta casseroles — one to freeze in a large baking dish to pop into the oven when the family comes to admire the new little one, and one divided between smaller containers for quick weeknight suppers for her and Bob.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: July 2005

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8


  • 15 15plum tomatoplum tomatoes
  • 2 heads 2headsgarlic
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupextra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tsppepper
  • 8 oz 8ozmild or hot Italian sausageItalian sausages
  • 4 cups 4cupsfusilli pasta
  • 2 cups 2cupsshredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupfresh bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupmiced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupgrated Parmesan cheese
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Core and cut tomatoes into 6 wedges each. Separate garlic heads into cloves and peel. Place tomatoes and garlic in large roasting pan; toss with 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the oil, salt and pepper. Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven until tomatoes are slightly wrinkled and garlic is softened, about 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, prick sausages with fork; place in separate pan. Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven, turning occasionally, until slightly browned and no longer pink inside, about 30 minutes. Let cool; slice thinly.

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, about 8 minutes. Reserving 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the cooking liquid, drain pasta and return to pot. Add tomatoes, garlic, sausage, reserved cooking liquid, remaining oil, half of the mozzarella cheese, the bread crumbs and parsley; toss to combine.

Spoon into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Cover loosely with foil; bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake until cheese is crusty and hot, about 15 minutes.

Additional information :

If desired, divide pasta into smaller containers to make individual or one-meal servings. After sprinkling with cheese, let unbaked casserole cool for 30 minutes. Refrigerate until cold. Cover and overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator. Bake as directed, adding 10 minutes to covered baking time.

Nutritional Information Per serving: about

cal 480 pro 21g total fat 20g sat. fat 8g
carb 55g fibre 5g chol 40mg sodium 708mg

% RDI:

calcium 23 iron 20 vit A 19 vit C 58
folate 47
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