Make a baked pasta dish that's sure to satisfy the hunger of friends and family alike. Baked Italian recipes are great for hearty one-dish dinners or on-the-go casserole deliveries to new moms or ailing friends.
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and keep warm.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 2 minutes, stirring to crumble. Add bell pepper and next 6 ingredients (through salt) to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in tomato sauce. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Add pasta to pan, tossing gently to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Stir in mozzarella and goat cheese; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until bubbly and top is browned.
Wine note: I find whole wheat pasta often tastes best with red wine, which underscores the earthiness of the hearty pasta. And, of course, red wine and sausage is a match made in heaven. Try a Tuscan red: Villa Antinori Toscana. It's a little richer and fuller than Chianti; the 2004 is $ —Karen MacNeil
This is an excellent dish with unusually good flavor. However, I used just five ounces of pasta total. It served three people for dinner, with some left over for lunch. If you used the full amount of pasta, you'd need to practically double the sauce.
This is on my CL all-star list, I've made it at least a dozen times since it came out in 2008. I've even made it with chicken sausage (although the turkey sausage is my favorite).
It works well for a big crowd - the goat cheese makes it taste luxurious but the ingredients are actually pretty inexpensive. If you're going to serve more than 6, you definitely need to double.
It can be made in advance - just put everything in the dish, cover with plastic wrap, and bake before the meal! Allot a little more time to bake as everything will be cold so it will take longer to warm up.
I thought this was delicious! I agree the goat cheese really gave it a nice touch.I also decreased the amount of red pepper by half. I doubled the whole recipe b/c that would not feed my whole family. I also omitted the green pepper (not a fan) and left out the tomatoes. I also used hot turkey sausage.
This is truly fantastic - way beyond what I expected. I think the goat cheese cheese is what sets it apart from similar casserole recipes. We also used hot Italian turkey sausage instead of sweet, which probably kicked up the flavor a bit. The leftovers were great, too.
This was a great recipe! I think it tasted a lot like pizza which is my favorite food :) I agree that it was a bit spicy and I'd reduce the red pepper next time since my boyfriend isn't the biggest fan of spicy foods. It's quick, easy and great for a weeknight meal with a Caesar salad.
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