Joining Ann Kroeker’s “Food on Fridays”. Tasty Tuesday will be moving to Fridays to link up with her weekly blog carnival of recipes. Join us over there. See you on Fridays!
Mounds of shredded Mozzarella cheese top this tasty pasta dish. Browned Italian sausage (sweet, mild, or hot) are sliced and mixed in with the mostaccioli adding a delightful touch of meat to this easy dish. Just serve with a tossed salad and some garlic bread if you like. You will have a table full of satisfied appetites.
Five links of pre-packaged Italian sausage
1 Cup of chopped onion or 1 TBL of minced dried onions
2 jars of Classico Italian Sauce (Traditional Sweet Basil)
16 oz. of Mostaccioli or Rigatoni
1/4 Cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese or Kraft (which I use when I do not have fresh)
1 Cup, packed, of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 TBL of chopped fresh parsley or dried flakes (mixed in)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown the sausage in 1 TBL of Bertoli Extra Light Olive Oil. Turn the sausage so it browns evenly on all sides. Toward the end of the browning time, put in the fresh chopped onion to brown or add the flakes later to the casserole. Remove sausage and place on a paper-towel covered dish to drain off the fat. Then cut into 1/2″ slices.
While the sausage is browning, cook the pasta. I boil the water in an 6-quart covered pot. Add a few drops of olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking. Once water has boiled, turn the heat down to medium or lower and add pasta. Cook pasta uncovered for 12 min. Drain the pasta and rinse quickly under cold water. Drain again.
Add pasta, sauce, sausage, and Parmesan cheese to a 13 X 9″ pan and mix carefully together. Add minced onion flakes (if you did not brown chopped onion) and dried parsley flakes now.
Bake 20 min. covered. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over pasta. Continue baking uncovered for 5 minutes. If you are using fresh parsley, add touches of it around the casserole and serve.
Tasty Tuesday will be sliding over to Fridays and linking with other Recipe Blogs featured on that day.
Oh, my goodness, Janis! I’m sorry I missed dinner. this looks absolutely de-lish!
this looks divine. thank you so much for stopping by my blog… yes, it was so beautiful to meet ann. the online community is such a gift, no? bless you, sister.
That makes my mouth water!
My kids would totally love this dish–and I totally love that you are joining me on Fridays, Janis! What a treat!
Also, I see that Emily Wierenga commented above–she kindly commented at my post the other day and I couldn’t figure out how to leave her a comment on her website. So I’ll just say hello to her here, too–Hi, Emily!
Like Emily said, I do love the online community. Here we are mingling in your comments, almost as if we’re around your table smelling that divine pasta dish!
I hope you try it and like it. It’s a big hit in our family.
Thank you for stopping by and following me. What a blessing.
From My Heart to Your Heart,
This is fun sharing our relationships on line. Glad you said, “Hi,” to Emily here! We are blessed to have this online family community.
Hope your family enjoys the Pasta Bake. It’s a favorite with my family.
From My Heart to Your Heart,
i want some…its only midmorning and i am hungry now…smiles.
i’m going to have to try this. my picky eaters might enjoy it. 🙂
~Brian, it’s a winner with lots of yummy leftovers.
~a little bit of grace, those picky eaters usually love this pasta dish I’ve discovered. You can hardly go wrong with pasta and kids.
Thanks for visiting,
From My Heart to Yours,