We are a family of five, including three very hungry boys. Which means, at least once a week I make some kind of pasta dish. No one complains about what we are eating because pasta sauce and cheese taste like pizza, and I get an inexpensive meal in the menu with tasty leftovers! I came up with this recipe (I know, I’m sure it’s nothing new, but I didn’t work from a recipe, so I’m calling it my own) for Sausage and Peppers Pasta Bake.
I went to Smart & Final to pick up the ingredients for our dinner. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, so I just did a quick run around the store. I found some peppers and mushrooms (they were HUGE) in the produce section and some beautiful La Romanella Italian sausages right around the corner in the meat department. From there it was a quick stop in frozen to grab some garlic bread and down an aisle for pasta and sauce! I really like how that whole store is laid out. It’s easy to get in and get out, but you can still find everything you need. And the best part is I don’t have to pay for a membership to shop there. 🙂
Sausage and Peppers Pasta Bake
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/2 each green yellow and orange bell peppers, diced
- 1 pound mild Italian sausage chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms sliced
- 1/4-1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1 pound penne pasta
- 1 jar La Romanella pasta sauce
- 2 cups Italian cheese blend shredded
- Saute the peppers in oil over medium/high heat until soft
- Add sausage and cook until most of the pink is gone
- Add mushrooms to sausage and peppers, stirring frequently
- Pour in chicken stock to "deglaze" the pan and allow to simmer for a few minutes.
- While the sausage mixture is cooking, add the pasta to boiling water and cook until just slightly less than al dente. Drain.
- In a casserole dish like a 9"x13" pan, layer sauce, noodles, cheese and sausage mixture, repeating layers until used up.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly and warmed through.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
I served my pasta bake with a Caesar salad and some cheesy garlic bread. It was truly a delicious Italian feast! We have a ton of leftovers and I can’t wait to have them for lunch for a few days. Pasta is always better the second time around!
This post was originally sponsored by Smart and Final.