Spicy Pasta Casserole with Sausage

Sue Adame

By
@fortheloveoffood

This has to be one of my boys favorite dishes of all time. It is even better the second night and that is saying a lot! I try to make extra and freeze for a quick week night meal.
Toss a salad, slice some bread and you have a wonderful hearty full of flavor and love meal.


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Serves:

6-8 with leftovers

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 10 Min

Ingredients

3 can(s)
fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes with oregano,basil and garlic
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 medium
green pepper, chopped
1 small
zucchini, diced
2 Tbsp
italian seasoning
4
links hot italian sausage
1 lb
ground beef
2 Tbsp
minced garlic
1/2 tsp
red pepper flakes
1 c
cremini mushrooms, chopped
salt and pepper
1/2 lb
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 lb
rigatoni pasta, uncooked

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large pot brown the ground beef with sausage(remove sausage from casing and break apart as you brown it) add onion,garlic,red pepper flakes,and italian seasoning. Cook until the onion is translucent.
2
Add to the ground beef and sausage the fire roasted tomatoes along with the regular diced tomatoes. Stir to blend well.
3
Once blended add your zucchini, green peppers, mushrooms, salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and let simmer approx 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4
Meanwhile cook pasta according to directions for al dente. Drain but do not rinse.
5
Preheat oven to 350.
Put pasta in a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Add pasta sauce a ladle at a time, mixing after each ladle (there will be sauce left over) until you reach your desired consistency. "I say this because some like it saucy while others prefer less"
6
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake 30 - 40 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbling. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on the side.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Pork, Casseroles
Regional Style: Italian