Pizza Pasta Bake Thursday, February 13, 2014


1 package (16 oz) penne pasta
3 links sweet Italian turkey sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 15 oz can pizza sauce
1 4 oz can mushrooms pieces and stems, drained
1 large bunch fresh basil, stems removed, leaves coarsely chopped
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni


Heat oven to 400 deg. Spray 9x13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, using minimum cook time.
Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, bell pepper and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender. In baking dish, mix pasta and pizza sauce. Add sausage-vegetable mixture, mushrooms and basil; toss until well combined. Sprinkle with cheeses; top with pepperoni. Bake uncovered 8 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.


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