August 15, 2014


This just may be the BEST pasta dish I have ever made!

It's going to take a little time, but the end result is well worth it!
The flavors of this pasta bake are incredible!
If you are having company for dinner or just want to serve a beautiful weekend dinner,
 this pasta will earn rave reviews!
 Are you ready to begin?

Sauté the Italian sausage, fresh peppers, zucchini and Roma tomatoes

Add the fresh Cremini mushrooms

Blend in the tomato sauce.....allow to simmer for 30 minutes

Fresh Basil

Simmer for an additional 5 minutes

Blend the ricotta cheese with the penne

Layer the sauce, the penne, then top with remaining sauce

Sprinkle the parmesan cheese and top with mozzarella. Time to bake!

Favorite pasta bowls

 Dinner is Served!
3 cups uncooked penne pasta (Cooked al dente)
1each red, green or yellow bell peppers
1 carton Crimini mushrooms
2 Zucchini
5 Sweet Italian Sausages
4 Roma tomatoes
3 T. olive oil
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella (½ cup reserved)
½ cup grated Romano cheese
2 cups tomato sauce
¼ cup fresh basil
3 T. Italian seasoning
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring 6 quarts of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 6-8 minutes. Drain and cover with a damp paper towel.

Chop peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes and sausage. Sauté until the sausage is no longer pink and the vegetables are still a bit crisp.  Add the tomato sauce and seasonings. Mix together. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Add the ricotta cheese with the cooked penne pasta.

Layer  1/2 of sauce into an oiled 9x13 nonstick roasting pan. Then layer the penne and ricotta mixture over the sauce, Cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and top with grated mozzarella. Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve with Garlic Bread and your favorite Red Wine!

This is favorite Foodie Friday!


  1. This sounds so good! I bet it made the house smell wonderful.

  2. That sounds positively delicious!! Who doesn't love a nice Italian dish? And all those fresh vegetables...mmmmm...
    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  3. THIS recipe is going in my keeper. It sound just fantastic..and I want to try it. I think my husband is going to like this even though he doen'st think he likes pasta! I cannot wait to try it! Sunday dinner!!
    Thank you for sharing it!

  4. Hi Estelle! I just love your blog but I have a question on this delicious sounding recipe. What do we do with the reserved mozzarella cheese? Thanks and blessings!

    1. Thank you for visiting Estelle's! Take the mozzarella and sprinkle it over the top of the casserole. You can do this before baking! Hope you love this dish....!!!!

  5. Thanks Estelle, looks perfect to me!


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