Fire-Roasted Tomato & Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta BakePosted by Katie on Mar 7, 2013 in Casserole, Italian, Katie Original, leftovers, Main Dish, pasta, Sausage | 11 comments
I love a meal where I can use up leftovers. Transform them into something new. That is exactly what this recipe is today. Back in January, I shared how to make Spicy Italian Sausage Subs with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce in the Slow Cooker. Super simple meal that allows your slow cooker to do all the work for you. Then a few weeks later I showed you how to Roast Red Bell Peppers. Well, I don’t know about you but when I have lots of leftovers I like to transform them. And thus this beautiful Fire-Roasted Tomato & Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta Bake came to life.
Not only did I utilize some of the leftovers I had on hand, but I used a few more pantry staples include Dreamfields Pasta, some fresh herbs from my garden, and cheese in the refrigerator. After boiling up my pasta, I toss all the ingredients together and voila a beautiful pasta bake ready in less than an hour. Typically, most pasta bakes are loaded with cheese. This pasta bake just so happened to not be loaded with cheese. I chose to place a few dollops of ricotta in the bake. Every now and then we don’t need our pasta loaded with cheese, right? Ok, maybe I’m wrong, but I loved it just the way I made it. If you love cheese feel free to load it up! Either way–its a great way to use up leftovers!
Katie Original Recipe
- 3 cups Dreamfields Rotini Pasta
- 1 roasted red bell pepper, chopped
- 3 spicy Italian Sausages, sliced
- 1-1/2 cups Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce (from slow cooker recipe)
- 8 tbsp ricotta
- 2 tbsp of 6 cheese Italian Blend
- 2 tbsp caramelized onions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Then add in pasta, chopped roasted red bell peppers, spicy Italian sausage, and sauce. Toss well them add 8 dollops (tablespoons) of ricotta, sprinkle with caramelized onions and grated cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until the inside of the pasta is hot and the cheese is melted.
Disclaimer: I received pasta from Dreamfields pasta; however, I was not compensated nor required to write about them. This is a brand I buy on a regular basis and enjoy eating. As always, all opinions are my own.