This quick and easy cavatelli casserole recipe uses simple but tasty ingredients such as fresh mozzarella and sausage.
dried cavatelli or wagon wheel macaroni (7 ounces)
uncooked Italian sausage links, sliced 1/2 inch thick, or lean ground beef
1 26-ounce jar
shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
In a large skillet cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until sausage is brown; remove from skillet. Drain.
In a large bowl stir together pasta sauce, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and the pepper. Add the cooked pasta and the drained sausage mixture. Stir gently to combine. Spoon the mixture into a 2-quart casserole.*
Bake, covered, in a 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
Makes 5 or 6 servings
*Note: For individual portions, spoon the mixture into 5 or 6 individual (8- to 10-ounce) casseroles. Place the casseroles on a large baking sheet. Cover casseroles with foil and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese, and bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.