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    Baked Penne With Sausage and Spinach (Oven or Crock-Pot)

    Baked Penne With Sausage and Spinach (Oven or Crock-Pot). Photo by Cookin'Diva

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    Cookin'Diva's Note:

    This baked pasta recipe is great for a potluck, or to take to someone who is in need of a home-cooked "comfort" meal. It's very flavorful, simple to prepare, and inexpensive to make. You can bake it in the oven or make it in the crockpot (instructions included). I particularly like the blend of fresh and zesty ingredients (spinach, fresh mozarella, pesto and hot sausage). For a fantastic meal, serve it with my Pepperoni Bread (Using Refrigerator Loaf), #291227.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375. Grease a deep lasagna pan (or two 9x9 pans). Crockpot instructions are at the bottom.
    2. 2
      SAUCE: In a large deep saucepan, heat oil. Add onion and saute slowly until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add sausage to pan; continue to saute and break up sausage into bite size pieces. When sausage is just about done, add garlic for a minute or two. Finally, pour red wine into pan and bring wine to a boil to evaporate alcohol and eliminate most of the liquid.
    3. 3
      Add tomatoes to other ingredients. Pour about 1/2 cup water into the tomato can to clean out the can - add this water to the pot. Add pesto. While this simmers about 10 minutes, cook the pasta.
    4. 4
      PASTA: Bring plenty of salted water to boil for pasta (lots of water will prevent sticky pasta). Cook according to package directions; drain.
    5. 5
      In a large mixing bowl, toss hot cooked pasta, chopped fresh spinach and tomato/sausage sauce. DO NOT ADD CHEESE YET. Continue combining hot ingredients until spinach wilts slightly, THEN add cubed mozzarella and 1/2 CUP of the Parmesan cheese. Toss quickly and pour into your prepared baking dish (if you work with the cheese too long, it will become a stringy mess!).
    6. 6
      Sprinkle final 1/2 CUP Parmesan on top.
    7. 7
      Bake 375 for 30 minutes, uncovered, until hot and bubbly.
    8. 8
      CROCKPOT VERSION FOR A CROWD: Double recipe. Make sure pasta is a bit undercooked (slightly firm). Pour into crockpot; add 1 cup hot water around the edges. Cook on HIGH 3 hours.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 16, 2013

      55

      I've had this in my collection for awhile and finally made it! It was delicious. I doubled the spinach and added some more pesto. Even my picky nine year old loved it! Thanks for posting :-)

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    • on January 12, 2012

      45

      The changes I made were slight. I didn't add the water, added about 3 cups of spinach and I added an entire small jar of pesto sauce. First time around, I got asked for the recipe!

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Penne With Sausage and Spinach (Oven or Crock-Pot)

    Serving Size: 1 (208 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 402.4
     
    Calories from Fat 168
    41%
    Total Fat 18.7 g
    28%
    Saturated Fat 7.8 g
    39%
    Cholesterol 43.8 mg
    14%
    Sodium 796.5 mg
    33%
    Total Carbohydrate 39.2 g
    13%
    Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
    23%
    Sugars 1.2 g
    5%
    Protein 18.9 g
    37%

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    pesto sauce

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