I love sausage and peppers cooked in a pan, then I thought it would be really yummy to have them baked with pasta and lovely melted cheese!
- Portion size 8 servings
- Credits : kdiamond
- 1 lb hot Italian sausage
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 red pepper diced
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 can canned tomatoes
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
- 12 oz penne pasta dry (or any other small pasta)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (or to taste)
MethodBring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. Once water is at a rolling boil, and add approximately 1 tsp of salt, add pasta and cook to package specifications. Drain and set aside.
Remove sausages from casings. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan, add sausages and break apart with spoon. Cook until browned. Remove from pan. In the same pan, add 2 tbsp of olive oil and add onions, peppers and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and sauté for about 5 min. Add sausage and cook for about 5 minutes more.
Add canned tomatoes, add a pinch more salt and pepper. Turn heat down to medium, add basil and simmer for approx. 10 min. Taste for seasoning. If it requires more salt and pepper, add it. Add cooked pasta to sausage and peppers and mix well. Remove from heat. Let cool for a few minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Add 1 cup of shredded cheese to pasta mixture and mix well. Transfer to a baking dish. Add remaining shredded cheese on the top of the mixture. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until cheese on top is brown and bubbling. Remove from oven, let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.