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Sausage and Spinach Pasta Bake

 

Sausage, spinach, cheese and pasta all come together in this fantastic Sausage and Spinach Pasta Bake.  This dish reminds me of lasagna, as it has many of the same ingredients.  It was certainly better tasting than lasagna and so much easier to make.  No layering here!  Throw out your lasagna recipes and give Sausage and Spinach Pasta Bake a chance.

 

Ingredients:
-Sauce:
1 teaspoons Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
28 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper

16 oz Penne Pasta
3 Uncooked Sweet Italian Sausages
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
10 oz Frozen Spinach, thaw and squeeze out liquid
16 oz Ricotta Cheese
8 oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

 

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Prepare the sauce by heating the olive oil in a medium sized sauce pan over medium/high heat.  Add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, Italian seasonings, salt and pepper.  Bring to a bubble, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Cook the pasta to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium/high heat.  Reserve on a plate.  Pour off all but 1 Tablespoon fat from the pan.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add the spinach and cook for 1 minute.  Return the sausage to the skillet, pour in the sauce and ricotta, stir to combine.  Fold in the pasta.

Pour into a casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese.  Bake until brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

 

Yield: 6 Servings

-Recipe inspired by SkinnyTaste.com-

 

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