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Chorizo Pasta Casserole with Mozzarella

This recipe is perfect if you want to make something tasty and satisfying for the family. Although a lot of people toss their pasta with tomato sauce and perhaps some chicken, there are so many other pasta dishes to try, and this one is hearty and flavorful enough to resemble a restaurant-quality dish. Penne is the pasta we have suggested, but you can use macaroni or another type if you prefer. Pasta spirals would also work.

This colorful dish includes bell pepper, tomatoes, chorizo, and mozzarella, and then you have some garlic and chili powder to add enticing flavor accents. The sauce is prepared first and then the mixture goes into a baking dish, is topped with mozzarella, and then you can bake it until the cheese topping is slightly crispy at the edges and melting in gooey perfection over the casserole.

The amount of chili you add is up to you, but if your chorizo is on the spicy end of the spectrum you might want to only add a little chili. Leave it out completely if you are making this for kids, unless they have an adventurous palate. You can also tweak the other ingredients if you wish, perhaps swapping the bell pepper for mushrooms or zucchini, or swapping the chorizo for chicken. Make the dish your own. What really makes it great, apart from the delicious Italian flavor, is that layer of cheese melting over the top of the dish. Serve this with garlic bread and a simple green salad perhaps.

Creamy Penne Chorizo Casserole
Summary: Penne pasta combines with chorizo and vegetables in a tasty tomato sauce. This mixture is covered in mozzarella and baked to absolute perfection. This is a brilliant family dinner.
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Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 4
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Ingredients
  • 8 oz penne pasta
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 x 14 oz cans chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 6 oz sliced chorizo
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon hot chili powder
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta following the instructions on the package, then drain it.
  2. Sauté the chorizo, bell peppers and onion with the garlic in the oil for 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in the chili powder.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes (and their juice) and also the tomato paste and sugar.
  5. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Combine the drained, cooked pasta with this sauce mixture.
  8. Transfer into a baking dish and top with the mozzarella.
  9. Bake the casserole for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is beginning to crisp a little.

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Pasta is one of the most popular dishes offered in Italian restaurants, and many of us have a favorite dish. If you usually order a Carbonara or perhaps spaghetti Bolognese, consider making this recipe for a change of pace. The chorizo and touch of chili add a bold flavor, while the tomato sauce is sweet, savory and juicy all rolled into one. Making a pasta casserole at home is very simple, even if you are fairly new to Italian cooking, and adding all those veggies into the mix ensures plenty of nutrition as well as appealing colors in the dish.

 


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Christine Szalay-Kudra


Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.


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