Baked Cavatelli

This quick and easy cavatelli casserole recipe uses simple but tasty ingredients such as fresh mozzarella and sausage.

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Makes:
5 servings
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
30 mins 375°F
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Baked Cavatelli

Ingredients
2 1/3
cups dried cavatelli or wagon wheel macaroni (7 ounces)
12
ounces uncooked Italian sausage links, sliced 1/2 inch thick, or lean ground beef
3/4
2
cloves garlic, minced
1
26 ounce jar pasta sauce
1
1/4
teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until sausage is brown; remove from skillet. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl stir together pasta sauce, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and the pepper. Add the cooked pasta and the drained sausage mixture. Stir gently to combine. Spoon the mixture into a 2-quart casserole.*
  4. Bake, covered, in a 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
  5. Makes 5 or 6 servings

From the Test Kitchen

*

For individual portions, spoon the mixture into 5 or 6 individual (8- to 10-ounce) casseroles. Place the casseroles on a large baking sheet. Cover casseroles with foil and bake in a 375 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese, and bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

(Baked Cavatelli)
    Per serving:
  • 503 kcal cal.,
  • 24 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 10 g monounsatured fat),
  • 58 mg chol.,
  • 1464 mg sodium,
  • 43 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 9 g sugar,
  • 23 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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