Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sausage and Cheese Pasta Bake

I am always looking for different ways to prepare pasta. Pastas are a good source of carbs and always a winner with kids. It's very filling and easy to prepare. You can prep this ahead of time and simply put them together in a preheated oven and your dinner is served within 20 minutes.

I found this recipe from a facebook group that compiles hundreds of yummy recipes moderated by a group of lovely sisters.

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Sausage and cheese pasta bake

Ingredients (serves 4)

6 chicken sausages
400g dried penne
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 small red onion, finely chopped
500g jar tomato pasta sauce
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup cooked mixed frozen vegetables
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
100g baby spinach leaves

Cook sausages and sliced thinly once cooled.

Preheat oven to 180°C. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until just tender. Drain. Return to saucepan.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes or until tender. Add onion mixture, pasta sauce, chicken, 3/4 cup cheese and spinach to hot pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Toss gently until well combined.

Spoon pasta mixture into a 7cm deep, 24cm x 19cm (base) baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden and heated through. Serve.

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