Cheesy Sausage & Peppers
I love Italian food and although I am not an expert cook by any means and I often cheat with frozen/canned ingredients, this dish will hopefully be an easy family favorite.
- 1/2 bag(s)
- safeway brand frozen green, red & yellow pepper strips (or substitute with fresh peppers)
- 1 jar(s)
- classico italian sausage, peppers & onions pasta sauce (or substitute with your favorite pasta sauce)
- 1 small
- yellow onions
- 3 1/2 c
- catelli penne rigate noodles (or substitute whole grain or whole wheat noodles)
- 1 lb
- johnsonville italiano hot italian sausage (links or ground)
- 1 bag(s)
- kraft 4 cheese light shredded cheese (or 3 cups of your favorite italian shredded cheese)
CHEESY SAUSAGE & PEPPERS INGREDIENTS
2Using a skillet, brown the Italian Sausage over medium heat.(If you buy the sausage in links be sure to cut it into pieces before cooking-about 9 pieces per link) Also, Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
3Using a large pot, boil the noodles over medium heat until a soft consistency is reached. (Don't overcook or they get too soft and taste weird)
4While waiting for meat & noodles to cook, Using a sharp knife, dice the small yellow onion and add into the browning meat. If you choose to use 3 large fresh peppers (1 yellow, 1 red, 1 green), rinse them off and then using a knife, cut off the ends and remove the seeds, then rinse again to ensure seeds are gone. Cut each pepper into quarters and then into strips (about 1/4 inch in length) and add them to the meat. If you choose the frozen pepper strips, add 1/2 of the bag to the meat and freeze the remaining peppers for later use.
5Once the peppers and onions are added to the meat, cover and let simmer until noodles are done, stirring occasionally. (Meat mixture may need to be drained in the skillet once more if a lot of moisture is present)
6Using the Strainer, strain the noodles and add back to the large pot and then strain the meat if needed.
7Make sure both burners on the stove are off...Add both the noodles and the meat mixture to the large cooking pot you used to cook the noodles and then add the jar of pasta sauce. Using a big spoon, stir the noodles and meat mixture until well mixed.
8Using an 8x10 baking dish (3" Deep) Spoon in the pasta mixture, add half the bag of cheese and spread evenly across the layer and then spoon the remaining pasta mixture - spreading evenly over the cheese and then add the remaining cheese over the top and spread across the pasta evenly.
9Place the layered mixture into the oven for approximately 10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Once cheese is melted, remove from oven (Turn off the oven) and let stand for approximately 7 minutes before serving.