It is simple and rather easy to prepare, but don't let that fool you. It's the perfect meal for a cold day, or a warm day, or just whenever you feel like eating it. Which for me, is all the time. Everyone needs a "Go-To" dish, and this is mine. I almost always have the ingredients on hand, so I can make it whenever I want. And it makes enough for lunches the next day (which is always a plus in my house).
I'll keep thinking of a better name...
Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese
1 medium white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 package sausage. I like using sweet sausage best, but you can use whichever gets your taste buds going.
2 cans petite diced tomatoes, Italian seasoned are best
1 can tomato paste
1 box noodles. Any bite sized shape will do the trick.
basil, either fresh or dried
salt and pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Heat some olive oil in a large skillet. I find one that has tall sides works best, since you will be putting all the ingredients in this pot to mix it up later. Saute' the garlic and onion. When the onion is almost clear, add the sausage. If you got sausage in the casing, remove the casings first. Chop up the sausage as it cooks to get small pieces. Put a pot of water on to boil. When the sausage is cooked, add the tomatoes and the tomato paste. Simmer on low heat, stirring occasionally. While the sausage and tomatoes simmer, cook the noodles according to package directions. When the noodles are done, drain and add to the sausage and tomatoes. Also add basil, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix everything well. Coat a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Pour half of the tomato/sausage mixture into the pan. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the mozzarella and a 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese on top. Add the rest of the mixture, and coat with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!!