Whilst growing up, I had the fortune to have a pizza restaurant within easy walking distance; In contrast, the pizza was usually good; but, they had a pasta bake that consisted of various shapes of pasta tossed with topping vegetables and pizza sauce. This was then covered in an assortment of cheeses and baked in a mini casserole. That casserole is at the top of my mind.
Yes, this is a copycat of the P*zz* H*t C*v*tini. I have a couple close to me, but those are a long drive down the highway and across the bridge, and my kitchen is a very short walk.
One of my favorite dishes, and as I have grown older and have ran my own kitchen, I am impressed by the creation of a new menu item with little or no additional materials.
The dish is a beautiful piece of velcro to use leftover bits and pieces, the odd 1/2 cup of various pasta shapes, the 1/2 bell pepper and 1/2 onion lying in the veggie drawer, the end of multiple pieces of cheese, or even the survivors of the great broccoli roast. (Really, who am I kidding, as if this stuff lasts in my fridge long enough to be an issue?)
I’d serve this as a semi-Italian meal with a decent salad, some garlic bread, and a nice glass of red wine.
As the recipe can yield a decent amount, I’ve chosen to use some freezer-to-oven-safe mini casserole dishes that come with covers so that one can eat now and eat later.
The pizza restaurant never really drained their pasta well, so there was always a watery sauce issue; I drained my pasta well and tossed it with the faintest hint of olive oil. (Put those pitchforks and torches away.)
Bow Tie Bake
- 2-4 Mini Casserole Dish Freezer to Oven safe
- 1/4 lb Pepperoni Thin sliced
- 1/2 lb Bow Tie Pasta Can be a mix of shapes as well
- 1/2 ea Green Bell Pepper washed, cored and sliced very thin
- 1/2 ea Onion Peeled, and sliced thin
- 4 oz Mushrooms Cleaned, sliced very thin
- 1/2 lb Italian sausage Hot or mild, decased, and browned
- 3 oz Mozzarella Shredded
- 3 oz Parmesan cheese Grated
- 16 oz Pasta Sauce https://www.roguechef.com/?p=141
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cook noodles according to box directions
- Warm the sauce and add browned sausage
- Prepare the mini dishes with a wipe of olive oil
- Layer in pasta and sauce
- Add a layer of veggies, cheeses, and mushrooms (if using)
- Repeat for three layers, and top with cheese
- Place dishes on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling.
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