Recipe HIT – Baked Penne with Italian Sausage & Peppers

Spaghetti Sunday was last night, and I blew my Husb’s mind with this dish.  It’s heaven in your mouth.

Baked Penne with Italian Sausage & Peppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of penne pasta (I like Barilla Plus)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 jar of Ragu sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Oregano, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large, deep skillet.  Add the garlic, onion, and red peppers.  Cook for a few minutes until the peppers become tender. Add the sausage and cook over medium high heat until the meat is evenly brown.  Drain fat.
  3. Pour in white wine and cook for a few minutes, stirring to deglaze the pan.
  4. Stir in Ragu, diced tomatoes and tomato paste.  Combine everything and add oregano, salt and pepper to taste.  Let it simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Toss the sauce with the cooked pasta (use the pot that you cooked the pasta in).
  6. Spread the pasta and sauce mixture into a 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella on top.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Serve it and be prepared to blow some minds.

Serves 8.

baked penne picture

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