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Baked Four-Cheese Spaghetti with Italian Sausage

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

 

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 25 mins
Yield

Makes 8 to 10 Servings

Open sausage casings using kitchen shears; then just squeeze the sausage into the pan for browning.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (about 4 links)
  • 1 (8-oz.) container refrigerated prechopped onion-and-bell pepper mix
  • 2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 (24-oz.) jar fire-roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce
  • 1 (16-oz.) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) shredded Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water in a large Dutch oven according to package directions. Drain and return to pan.

  2. Meanwhile, brown sausage, bell pepper mix, and garlic in oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain. Stir meat mixture, pasta sauce, and Cheddar cheese into pasta. Spoon half of pasta mixture into a lightly greased 5-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.

  3. Combine mozzarella cheese and fontina cheese. Sprinkle half of mozzarella mixture over pasta mixture in slow cooker. Top with remaining pasta mixture, remaining mozzarella mixture, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and cook on Low 3 hours. Let stand, covered, 10 minutes before serving.

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