With its hearty blend of creamy tomato sauce, savoury Italian sausage and penne — topped with a generous layer of melted mozzarella cheese — this delicious Sausage Pasta Bake reigns supreme in the world of comfort foods.
Cook pasta according to directions on package.
Press Broil once to select Broil 1 setting
Place cherry tomatoes on enamel shelf and toss with vegetable oil. Broil tomatoes for 15 minutes on top shelf position, until slightly charred.
In a food processor combine cooked cherry tomatoes with heavy cream, ricotta and salt, combine well, set aside.
Heat a large frying pan over medium heat, add sausage and cook. Once sauce is cooked, remove from the pan and set aside.
In the same pan add garlic, onion and bell pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the garlic is golden brown.
In a large mixing bowl, toss cooked pasta, sausage and vegetable mixture with prepared tomato sauce. Stir in spinach, chili flakes and parmesan cheese. Transfer mixture to an 8”x11” casserole dish.
Place casserole dish on wire shelf in the middle position. Press Combination five times and set cook time for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, top with mozzarella and bake for an additional 10 - 15 minutes.
Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy!