Thursday, February 25, 2010

yummy dinner recipe...

i made this for dinner the other night. the boyfriend said it was the best dinner i've ever cooked, that's a mega compliment coming from him, so i thought i'd share it with you too. it's from cooking light cookbook, my best friend got me a subscription to the magazine for christmas this year and i love it.

i did make a few substitutions to work with what i already had...i used turkey sausage instead of chicken sausage, shredded mozzarella instead of provolone and mixed it all in rather than just on top, and i sliced up fresh mozzarella and layered it across the top instead...delish!

chicken sausage penne bake


  • 1 pound uncooked penne (tube-shaped pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) package sweet basil and pine nut chicken sausage (such as Gerhard's), halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, sausage, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until sausage is browned. Add tomato paste and next 5 ingredients (through diced tomatoes); cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes.

Combine pasta and tomato mixture; spoon into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

1 comment:

  1. Ooooh this sounds delicious - it's headed into my "to try" recipe file!