Saturday, September 1, 2007

Sausage and Pepper Baked Pasta

1 lb basil and sun dried tomato chicken sausage

1 lb farfalle

1/2 lg onion chopped

2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 medium red bell pepper chopped

1 28oz can crushed tomatoes

dried basil

2 cups shredded mozarella

1 cup jarred tomato basil pasta sauce



Preheat oven to 350. Spray one 4qt or 2 qt baking dishes with cooking spray.

Remove sausage from casing. Brown in a large skillet, breaking it up into small pieces. Meanwhile, cook pasta. Add onion and garlic to sausage. Cook until onion is tender and begining to brown. Add red pepper and continue to cook until pepper is tender. Add crushed tomatoes and desired amount of dried basi, salt and pepperl to sausage mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for a few minutes. Combine drained, cooked pasta and sausage/tomato mixture. Add half of sausage/pasta mixture to each baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 of mozarella. Add rest of sausage/pasta mixutre and top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. **If pasta is not covered in tomatoes, it will dry out. Drizzle with some pasta sauce either before or in the middle of baking.

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