Spicy Sausage and Rigatoni Bake

Another idiot proof dish for the archives. I make this a lot.Ingredients:

  • 1 lb rigatoni
  • 1/2 lb spicy italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cups of pasta sauce or marinara (i make it myself)
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a rolling boil
  2. Add rigatoni and cook per package directions until al dente
  3. While the pasta is cooking, add the sausage to a skillet and brown, breaking apart into chunks with a spatula
  4. Strain the pasta and return it to the pan
  5. Add the cooked sausage, the jar of pasta sauce, and the crushed red pepper flakes
  6. Transfer to a baking dish, sprinkle the top with the mozzarella cheese
  7. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes

I always serve this with a salad and crusty bread. Sometimes I make it in two batches and freeze one to eat another night. It’s just as good (if not better) reheated!

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