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Italian Baked Penne


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Italian Baked Penne I cooked this for my wife and she raved to her mother about it. I guess she liked it.

1/2 (16 ounce) package Penne, prefer whole wheat
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound mild ground Italian sausage
2 cups onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 14.5 ounce cans crushed tomatoes
3 cups fresh spinach, chopped course
8 ounces Mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  1. Prepare vegetables and cheese as specified.
  2. Add oil to large pot of water and boil.
  3. Add Penne pasta and cook until al dente* stage, 11-13 minutes, according to package instructions, drain.
  4. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium to high heat.
  5. Add sausage, onion, and garlic. Saute sausage as breaking apart, until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 df.
  7. Add mushrooms and saute 3 minutes.
  8. Add seasoning and tomatoes, simmer, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes.
  9. Combine sausage mixture with pasta, spinach, Mozzarella cheese, and 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  10. Pour into 9" x 13" backing dish.
  11. Sprinkle top with remaining 2/3 cup of Parmesan cheese.
  12. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly.
  13. Refrigerate leftovers.

* Slightly undercooked and a little firm.

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