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Baked Pasta with Sausage Ragu

Baked Pasta with Sausage Ragu (Prepared)

Prep

50 min

Cook Time

30 min

Serves

4 - 6

Ingredients

1 pound hot or mild Italian sausages, casings removed
1 500g package penne or other short cut pasta.
½ green pepper, finely diced
½ red pepper, finely diced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
½ zucchini, diced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
2 660ml bottles passata or strained tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 ½ - 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions. Set aside when done.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add sausage meat and cook stirring often. Remove from pan when fully cooked. Do not drain the pan.

Step 3

Add green pepper, red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini and garlic to pan. Cook stirring frequently until vegetables begin to soften. Drain fat from mixture.

Step 4

In a Dutch oven combine cooked sausage meat, vegetable mixture, passata, dried basil, salt and pepper. Mix well.

Step 5

Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Step 6

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix pasta with sauce and put half into a casserole dish. Top with half of the grated mozzarella and Parmigianio-Reggiano cheeses

Step 7

Put the remaining half of the pasta into the casserole dish. Top with the remainder of the mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses.

Step 8

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted and slightly browned on top.

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