Easiest Pasta Bake EVER
I’ve had a runny nose all weekend and the beginning of this week. I don’t feel sick at all but this thing will NOT stop running. I’ve went through an entire box of tissue at this point. It’s ridiculous. Will this madness ever end?
I played it safe this weekend and spared my friends at good ole’ Bally’s the opportunity to catch whatever is torturing me. I skipped the gym and walked to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday instead. I nabbed 2 bags of almond and Darren picked up some grass fed beef. I love almonds and we got a raw bag and a butterscotch toffee one. TO DIE FOR. Seriously so good. I only need a few and my sweet tooth is cured. If you see these anywhere I insist you purchase them! If you don’t like them send them my way. I’m sure I’ll find something to do with them. 😉
Newman’s Own sent me some goodies in conjunction with the Foodbuzz Tastemaster Program. I got some pasta sauces, salad dressings and a pizza. I’m a sucker for anything Italian. I mean I almost studied abroad there folks! I love that I recognize pretty much everything on the label of the pasta sauces too. It makes me feel much more comfortable eating things where I can actually pronounce what they are.
When I got this glorious box I instantly knew what I had to make with one of the pasta sauces. I concocted this creation a few years ago and I swear it is one of the easiest (and cheapest) meals you can make to feed quite a few people.
You can throw anything you like in here. I’ve tried broccoli, carrots, and much more. I had a few things on hand I thought would be perfect. I
- Newman’s Own Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce
- Chicken Italian Sausage (you can use pork if you like)
- Penne (I used the whole grain Barilla)
- 1 Medium – Large zucchini
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Break/cut sausage into bite size pieces and cook until thoroughly cooked.
- Cook Penne to box directions, drain and set aside.
- Chop zucchini in as small of pieces that you like. If you have kids and want to hide them, the smaller the better. I cut mine in half circles because I love zucchini.
- In a baking dish pour penne, zucchini, and sausage into the dish.
- Pour entire jar of pasta sauce over the top and mix until everything is coated.
- I like to add a little shredded mozzarella to the top before I throw it in the oven.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. This step is to cook the zucchini and heat the pasta sauce. Depending on your oven it may take more or less time.
I served it up with a piece of garlic toast, salad and sprinkled a little shaved Parmesan on top for good measure. Start to finish it was about 30 minutes. Piece of cake and makes enough to feed a small army.