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Introduce a New England tradition at the Friendsgiving table this year! This popular cheesy pasta bake is made with hearty Italian sausage, tomato sauce, McCormick® Garlic Powder, Basil and Oregano - and uncooked elbow macaroni to save time.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook sausage in large saucepan on medium-high heat. Remove sausage from pan with slotted spoon. Drain fat in pan. Heat oil in same saucepan on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes or until tender.
Stir in tomatoes, water, tomato sauce, spinach, sausage, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of the basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Remove from heat. Stir in macaroni and 1 cup of the cheese. Pour mixture into 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover with foil.
Bake 25 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking. Remove foil. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and 1/2 teaspoon basil. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
This is an easy and flavorful dish. I have a couple of tips for step 2: first, add the seasonings before putting in the spinach, because it's easier to mix them in; and second, put the mixture in the casserole before adding the cup of cheese.
Robin LaBedz | November 11, 2017 |