Baked Pasta and Sausage Dinner

Make weeknight dinner fast and easy. Here's a main course recipe and three suggestions for rounding it out into a complete meal. Find out how to effortlessly dress up starters, sides, and desserts to fit the meal's main course.

The Menu

Baked Cavatelli is brimming with sausage, so it can stand up to a gutsy Artichoke Salad and Roasted Pepper Bread. Pears and Caramel Sauce is a sweet end to this meal. Artichokes, roast peppers, and caramel sauce are easy to keep on hand for spur-of-the-moment inspiration -- and guests if they show up.

Baked Cavatelli


Artichoke Salad

Puree equal parts marinated artichoke hearts and Italian dressing to make a thick dressing for hearty greens like romaine. Toss to dress salad.

Roasted Pepper Bread

Puree drained roasted peppers and spread on crusty bread instead of butter.

Pears and Caramel Sauce

Drizzle hot caramel sauce over peeled cored pears.