1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ lb. chicken or turkey sausage, casing removed
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. hot red pepper flakes
1 can (28 oz.) tomatoes in puree, tomatoes coarsely chopped and puree reserved
Salt, to taste
1 lb. penne pasta
1 ¼ c. ricotta cheese (I use cottage cheese)
2 c. shredded fontina or mozzarella cheese
½ c. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm oil. Add onion and cook until golden, about 5 min. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 min. Add sausage and cook, breaking it up into bite-size pieces, until no longer pink, about 6 min. Stir in basil, oregano and red pepper flakes. Add tomatoes with puree and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 10-12 min. Taste and adjust seasonings. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly oil a baking dish. Bring a large pot ¾ full of water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water, add pasta, stir well and cook until barely al dente (tender but firm to the bite), 10-12 min. Drain well. In a large bowl, toss pasta with sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Spread in pre-buttered baking dish and sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake until cheeses are melted and edges of pasta are crusty, about 30 min. Let stand 5 min. before serving. Serve hot. Makes 6-8 servings.
*This is my favorite main dish recipe. I wanted to bring some to the cooking group this week, but I was too lazy to make it!