Pasta Rustica
Recipe type: Main Course
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Serves: 8
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ pound chicken or turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 28-ounce can coarsely-chopped tomatoes
  • 16 ounces penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook the onion and the garlic in the olive oil over medium heat in a large pan.
  2. Add the chicken sausage and cook until the meat is browned.
  3. Add the seasonings and the tomatoes.
  4. Cook the sauce over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  5. In a large bowl, toss the cooked pasta, chicken sausage sauce, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Spread the pasta mixture in a greased 9x12 pan.
  7. Sprinkle the pasta mixture with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake the pasta casserole at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the cheese melts and the pasta ends are slightly crusty.
  9. Let it cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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