Tested till perfect Spicy, Saucy Rigatoni Bake
Spicy, Saucy Rigatoni Bake
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Spicy, Saucy Rigatoni Bake

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By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp 1tbspolive oil
  • 2 2oniononions, sliced
  • 1 1sweet red peppersweet red peppers, chopped
  • 3 3garlic clovegarlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspfennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 lb 1lbhot Italian sausagehot Italian sausages
  • 2 jars (700 ml) 2jars (700 ml)tomato-basil pasta sauce
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspwine vinegar
  • 5 cups 5cupsrigatoni pasta
  • 2 cups 2cupsmozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupParmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspchopped fresh parsley
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Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°C (200°C).

In Dutch oven or large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add red pepper, garlic and fennel seeds; reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until onions are very soft and golden. Transfer to bowl.

Cut sausage into 1-inch (2.5 cm) chunks; add to pan and brown well on all sides, about 8 minutes. Drain off fat. Stir in pasta sauce and vinegar. Return vegetable mixture to pan; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for about 8 minutes or until tender but firm. Drain, reserving 1 cup (250 mL) of the cooking water. Return pasta to pot; add sauce and reserved cooking water.

Combine mozzarella and Parmesan cheese; set 1 cup (250 mL) aside. Stir remaining cheese into pasta mixture. Pour into 13- x 9-inch (3 L) glass baking dish, pressing pasta to submerge. Sprinkle with reserved cheese and parsley.

Bake, covered, in oven for 30 to 45 minutes; uncover and continue for another 15 minutes or until golden.

(Make ahead: Let cool in refrigerator; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Or overwrap with heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator for 48 hours.)

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