Anyway, back to the pasta. It made a perfect after-church lunch on Sunday afternoon, but would also be a nice, fast weeknight meal. We used gluten-free brown rice pasta, but it would work well with any pasta in the shape of your choice. Serve it with fresh fruit or a salad to round out the meal. We make a variation of this several times a month.
Baked Ziti-style Sausage Pasta
8oz dry pasta
Jarred marinara sauce
Dried Italian herbs and crushed red pepper, to taste
4oz fresh mushrooms, washed and sliced
Handful of fresh spinach, chopped
4oz spicy Italian-style ground turkey sausage, cooked
Shredded mozzarella cheese, optional OR fresh grated parmesan cheese, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350*. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. While pasta is cooking, heat marinara sauce in a medium saucepan over low heat. Add mushrooms, spinach, and cooked sausage. Season to taste with Italian herbs and crushed red pepper and heat through.
3. Drain pasta and combine with sauce mixture. Add more sauce if mixture looks too dry. Pour into a lightly-sprayed 8x8 baking dish.
4. Top with shredded cheese, if using, and bake 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.