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Red Pepper Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Add the pasta noodles, and cook according to package directions. Then drain.
  3. Slice the chicken sausage into thin rounds and place them in a large skillet.
  4. Saute the chicken sausage with minced garlic, onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil if needed.
  5. Add in the canned tomatoes (undrained) and tomato sauce.
  6. Stir in the basil and oregano.
  7. Season with salt & pepper, if desired.
  8. Toss in the spinach (either fresh or frozen), and stir.
  9. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer the sauce for 7-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  11. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch glass baking dish or a 3 quart casserole with cooking spray or olive oil.
  12. Add the rinsed and drained pasta to the tomato sauce mixture and stir to blend.
  13. Pour in the half and half. Stir well.
  14. Transfer the pasta to the baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  15. Top with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  16. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned.

Notes

To freeze: Prepare as directed, except do not bake. Instead, cover tightly with foil and freeze. Place the frozen casserole in a cold oven, and then turn the oven on to 400 degrees. Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Then remove the cover and continue baking for 30 minutes until the cheese is browned and the dish is warmed throughout.

Recipe by The Happy Housewife™ :: Cooking at https://test.thehappyhousewife.com/cooking/red-pepper-chicken-sausage-pasta-bake/