Using many of the same ingredients as my Tuscan Sausage & Spinach soup, I created this delicious casserole with a completely different flavor. Starting with a base of classic sausage & peppers, this recipe is enhanced with the addition of healthy spinach, a layer of whole grain pasta, and a delicious garlicky herb crust. This recipe will easily serve 8-10 hungry friends and family.
Wine pairing: The tomato sauce and spicy sausage in this recipe will pair well with Sangiovese or Chianti (these wines are from the same grape), which are medium-bodied fruity wines and are available from Italy or California.
What you need:
1 lb or one rope of hot Italian sausage
2 jars tomato sauce or 4 cups of your own homemade sauce
14.5 oz box whole grain pasta (I used rotini)
3 small bell peppers, sliced
½ large onion, sliced
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
3 ½ cups shredded skim milk mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated parmesan
1 tbsp olive oil
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook pasta according to package directions.