Sunday, June 17, 2007

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomato, and Cheese

This is was the recipe of the week. I think that this was a great fast simple recipe. I didn't make a lot of changes to this recipe. I did use a lot more tomato paste than it called for, 2 extra cloves of garlic and I added a splash of white. I think I also used more cheese, but I didn't really measure so it's hard to say.

Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomato, and Cheese
(Source: Cooking Light)

1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Cooking spray
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta, and set aside.

3. Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil.

4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Top with half of mozzarella and half of Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly.


  1. I just made this last night - we loved it :) I deliberately made too much so we can have it again on Thursday.. lol ;)

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  2. This looks so good. The cheesecake below looks awesome, too!

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  3. I made this tonight and it is absolutely delish!!



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