Baked Penne with Pomodoro Sauce



Some days when the wind is cold and biting with no sun in sight I know making a hearty pasta dish is just perfect comfort food for dinner. All the ingredients for my Baked Penne I purchased at Trader Joe’s except I made my own Pomodoro sauce. Trader Joe’s has a tasty prepared Pomodoro sauce which will cut down the time to make an easy home-cooked meal. Put the casserole together the night before and bake for dinner the next day. Delicious, easy and a quick home-cooked meal!

1 pound penne pasta, cooked according to package directions

8 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese

8 ounces Burrata mozzarella, two balls chopped

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

2 teaspoon dry oregano 

Pomodoro Sauce* or Trader Joe’s Rustico 

8 ounce cooked chicken sausage, sliced 1/4 inch thick

Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine ricotta, 1/2 burrata, parmesan cheese, oregano in a medium-size bowl. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and set aside. Place 1/4 cup of Pomodoro sauce at the bottom of the baking dish(13-inch x 9-inch). Add half penne to baking dish over sauce. Top with cheese mixture, layer with 1/2 remaining sauce, penne and top with rest of sauce. Finish with remaining Burrata. Bake 35- 40 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbling.

*Pomodoro Sauce

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

1 28 ounce can pureed Pomodoro tomatoes

1/2 cup red wine

Kosher salt

3 large fresh basil sprigs

In a saucepan over medium heat saute onion and garlic in oil for two minutes. Add red pepper flakes, tomatoes and wine. Cook for 5 minutes. Add salt, basil and sliced sausage. Simmer for ten minutes. 



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