**Note – this recipe came from a blog that no longer exists, so I have added the recipe, and taken out the links. So sad this blog is gone!! (and grateful I had printed out the recipe!)**
This recipe comes from a blog that I love for all of her simple, down to earth recipes. I have been reading Mommy Cooks for the last few months, and I have so many of her recipes bookmarked. Even though I’m not a mom, I usually need recipes that are quick and easy for weeknights. Mommy Cooks is the perfect place to find these recipes!!
I remember being intrigued by this recipe because there are beans in it. I don’t know where I’ve been, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a baked pasta dish that had beans in it. But I’m going to start adding them now – this was a perfect addition! This pasta dish has many of my favorite things – sausage, spinach, tomatoes – all baked together into a cheesy main course. She used fusilli, but I had some penne that needed to be used, so I substituted that. And I have to admit that I would prefer the cheap mozzarella in baked dishes like this. It just seems to melt better to me. I didn’t use a really good mozzarella for this, but something mid-grade, and it didn’t melt like I like my cheese in a baked dish.
Also, on a side note – Nicole has started another round of Taste and Create. Check it out and join up if you like to cook off of other food blogs!!
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 1 (28-ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (10 ounce) box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1 (16 ounce) box pasta
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup romano cheese, grated
- chopped parsley, to garnish
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the sausage with the minced garlic until the sausage is no longer pink and crumbled. Drain.
- Stir in the tomatoes, beans, spinach and Italian seasoning. Reduce the heat and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions, just until al dente. Drain and lightly butter.
- Add the cooked pasta to the meat sauce and toss until well coated. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Pour half of the pasta mixture into the pan. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese on top, then repeat. Sprinkle the grated Romano on the top. Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Recipe from Mommy Cooks (blog no longer active)