Penne & Italian Sausage Bake

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“This is my adaptation of a recipe in a Liquor Control Board of Ontario magazine. I usually serve it with Caesar salad & garlic bread and its always been given "2 thumbs up" by my friends & family. You can increase the heat by using hot sausages & adding more cumin - or cayenne or red pepper flakes - according to your own taste! Please note that the starch in the pasta cooking liquid will thicken the sauce when the casserole is baking!”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prick sausages in several places.
  2. Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan set over medium high heat.
  3. Add sausages& cook until evenly browned- about 8 minutes.
  4. Remove from pan& cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
  5. Add onions to fat remaining in pan& saute for about 5 minutes.
  6. Return sausages to pan.
  7. Add fennel, garlic, cumin, peppers& celery; cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  8. Drain excess fat from pan.
  9. Stir tomato sauce, basil& wine into sausage mixture.
  10. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat& simmer for 15 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile, cook penne, according to package directions until el dente (about 10 minutes).
  12. Drain- reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  13. Combine sausage mixture, pasta & reserved cooking liquid in a 5 litre casserole dish.
  14. Mix well.
  15. Combine Mozarella& Parmesan cheese and parsley.
  16. Stir into the pasta mixture.
  17. Bake in preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes.

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