Saturday, March 28, 2009

Pesto Pasta Bake

1 box whole wheat Penne pasta
1 cup store bought or home made Pesto
1 jar Spaghetti Sause
1 lb ground Italian Turkey Sausage, browned
1 cup Mozzella cheese.

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • Brown sausage in a large skillet, once brown add sause and warm
  • Drain pasta and return to pan, mix pesto with pasta
  • Pour pasta pesto into large baking dish then pour sauce mixture over pasta
  • Sprinkle with choice of cheese
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and heated through

Words to the Wise:

I love this dish and so do my kids. It is just so easy and quick to make. It is perfect for a busy night because it comes together in a matter of minutes.
I sometime will add a layer of Ricotta cheese on top of the pasta pesto mixture and then pour the meat sauce on top of that. I have also added some frozen spinach to the pasta and pesto mixture just to bump up the veggie factor. This dish is a Jen orginal.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Creamy Spinach and Sausage Pasta

1lb 'tube' pasta like Rigatoni or Penne
1lb bulk Italian Sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 package frozen creamed spinach
1 8oz package cream cheese, soften
2 cups Mozzarella cheese

  • Preheat over to 350 degrees
  • Cook pasta according to package directions
  • Brown sausage and onion in large pan, drain
  • Stir in tomatoes, spinach, cream cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella until all melted
  • Mix cooked pasta into the spinach and sausage mixture
  • Transfer to a large baking dish and cover
  • Bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese, bake for 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted

Words to the Wise:

This is a very yummy dish. We really, really enjoyed it. I used whole wheat penne pasta for this dish. And I couldn't find creamed spinach at the store. So I used on package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and with all the water squeezed out and about 1/2 cup sour cream. It worked for me so feel free to use whatever.