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Friday, October 28, 2011

Again...my mom to the rescue! She scored big in the meat department the other day and brought me some Italian sausage. So I whipped up this easy casserole for dinner. I wish I'd had some of my homemade pasta sauce leftover but I didn't and had to settle for the jarred stuff...and was happy to have it on hand! Not only is this casserole good, it's a *snap* to throw together!

Snappy Italian Casserole

1 pound Italian sausage links– sliced into coins
1 medium onion – diced
1 green bell pepper – diced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, but good!)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese – divided use
1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
8 ounces rotini pasta - cooked and drained (I like rotini because of the swirls...they hold the pasta!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large skillet, sauté onion, garlic and bell pepper until tender.

Add sliced sausage and cook until almost done. Sprinkle with seasonings then stir in 2 cups of shredded cheese.

Stir in pasta sauce and cooked pasta. Turn into a 9x13 inch casserole dish and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Go get this stuff to make this yummy casserole.

Saute the onions, peppers and garlic.

Then add the sliced sausage. 
They look like little meatballs.

Cook those until ALMOST done then stir in the cheese.

Add the jarred pasta sauce...

..then the cooked pasta. Stir that up then....

..dump into a prepared casserole dish 
and sprinkle with more cheese.

Cook it up!!

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