Italian Sausage Bake

Ive had this recipe saved for a little while. I found it on the blog, Fake Ginger. Ive made just a few small changes. The next time I make this, Ill probably add some bell peppers and some baby bella mushrooms. Feel free to experiment!
This meal is a great weeknight meal thats actually pretty figure friendly. It tastes like you’ve been cooking all day. It has a really rich, hearty flavor. The little garlic breads on top are a MUST!

Ingredients:

3/4 lb rotini pasta

1 lb italian turkey sausage, removed from casings

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

2 tbsp italian seasoning blend

1 ladle starchy cooking water from pasta

salt and pepper

1 cup shredded italian blend cheese

1 french baguette

3 tbsp butter

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp italian seasoning blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water heavily and cook pasta to al dente. Before you drain the pasta, be sure to reserve 1 cup of the starchy cooking water for sauce.

In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil. Add turkey sausage, onion, and garlic cloves to pan and cook until turkey is fully cooked. Pour in tomato sauce and add in 2 tbsp italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and starchy cooking water. Stir to combine. Turn off heat. Add mozzarella to turkey mixture and stir. Drain pasta and add to sauce.

Spray 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. Pour pasta and sauce into pan. Slice baguette into thin slices.

In small bowl, combine the butter, 2 cloves garlic, and 1 tsp italian seasoning. Spread garlic butter on each bread slice. Arrange on top of pasta. Bake 10 mins. 

Source: http://www.amanda.fakeginger.com

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. smoochkins
    Jul 23, 2010 @ 11:16:33

    Hey, that looks really good. Instead of turkey sausage, is there another type of sausage you’d recommend to be used for this? Thanks for sharing by the way, I wanna share this to my friends as well in Foodista, if you don’t mind? Just add the foodista widget for turkey, and that should do it. Thanks, please keep on sharing! 😉 Cheers, Amy from Australia

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  2. lilscorpio1985
    Sep 01, 2010 @ 22:41:32

    You could really use any type of sausage you would like for this. Everything from pork to vegetarian would work wonderfully.

    Reply

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