I am a pasta addict. I would eat it every day if I could. With chicken, with meatballs, with veggies, with just good old fashioned marinara, I love it all!
But what I love most of all is baked pasta. Hot and bubbly with little crunchy pasta pieces on top. Hello heaven!
This is one of my favorite go-to meals when I’m looking for something quick, hearty and satisfying. It goes together lighting quick and I love that I can get all my kitchen clean up done before it comes out of the oven. Plus, it’s delicious the next day!
BUBBLY BAKED RIGATONI AND SAUSAGE WITH PARMESAN PANKO/BASIL TOPPING (Recipe source: My own fabulous imagination)
1 box Rigatoni or your favorite pasta, cooked and drained.
1 pound hot Italian sausage
1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic (more or less to taste), minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Italian seasoning to taste
Red pepper flakes (optional), to taste
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons butter, melted.
Chopped fresh basil to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Cook pasta according to directions, drain and set aside.
Brown sausage and onion in skillet, add garlic toward the end of cooking so it doesn’t burn. Drain if needed. Return to skillet. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, italian seasioning and red pepper flakes. Simmer about 15 minutes.
Combine Panko, parm cheese, and basil in a bowl and stir in melted butter. Add pasta to a cassarole dish coated with cooking spray, pour sauce over pasta and stir to combine. Sprinkle breadcrumb/butter mixture over pasta.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. Serve in big pasta bowls with a more cheese and basil on top. Add a caesar salad and garlic bread and tada! An easy, yummy, weeknight meal!