Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Recipes: Baked Sausage and Pasta

I cooked again. Whoop!

First I will tell you how I cooked it, while telling you how they cooked it, then I will tell you how we're going to do it next time.

What you need:

Rotini, I used about 3/4 of a box
A pack of smoked sausage, sliced
1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added, undrained
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Garlic & onion powder
Crushed red pepper
Sprinkles of basil, oregano, salt, and pepper
Shredded Italian cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the rotini, drain, put in a big lime green bowl.

Cook the sausage in a skillet, add garlic powder and onion powder.
(The original recipe used actual onions and garlic cloves, but all I had was powder. Cook the two along with the sausage, and cook until the onions are translucent. They also added mushrooms, which sadly, I did not have either)

Once the sausage is cooked, add to the pasta bowl. Pour in the diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, crushed red pepper, basil, and

Transfer the pasta to a baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Bake, covered, for 20 minutes.
I took it out, stirred in some McCormick's Italian seasoning, then added the 2 cheeses.
Bake for 10 more minutes or until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.

Now..the next time we make it, I will omit the diced tomatoes, because all we did was pick them out anyway. We are going to add pico de gallo, and forget (again) the onion. I am lazy, so using garlic powder again is cool. Scott suggested adding more sausage and/or pepperoni.


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