Penne Pasta Bake

    Penne Pasta Bake


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    This is a great and hearty meal. Penne is layered with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbling.

    Serves: 8 

    • 500g penne pasta
    • 500g Italian pork sausages, casings removed
    • 2 (785g) jars tomato pasta sauce
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, divided
    • 375g ricotta cheese
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian herb blend, divided
    • 1 dash salt and pepper
    • 500g mozzarella cheese, grated

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180C. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Place sausage in a large, deep frypan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat pasta sauce with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian herbs, salt and pepper.
    3. Spread bottom of a 20x30cm baking dish with sauce. Layer 1/2 of the penne, 1/2 the sausage, 1/2 of the ricotta, and 1/2 the mozzarella. Spoon half of the sauce over top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 teaspoons basil and Italian herbs.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

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