Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage

From Cook's Country | February/March 2008

Why this recipe works:

Baked pasta is an easy, hearty weeknight recipe. In our Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage, spicy chorizo sausage and Ro-Tel tomatoes—canned tomatoes with chopped green chiles—add a bit of heat, which cuts through the creamy sauce and cheese. Widely available kielbasa can be substituted if the… read more

Baked pasta is an easy, hearty weeknight recipe. In our Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage, spicy chorizo sausage and Ro-Tel tomatoes—canned tomatoes with chopped green chiles—add a bit of heat, which cuts through the creamy sauce and cheese. Widely available kielbasa can be substituted if the imported Spanish chorizo isn’t available; the garlicky flavor and assertive spicing of the kielbasa are a close match. Preparing the sauce in the same pan used to brown the sausage allowed it to pick up any browned bits (called fond) left behind by the meat. They may not look like much, but they add valuable flavor to the sauce and punch up the flavor of our Spicy Pasta Bake with Sausage.

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Serves 4

If you want a less-spicy dish or can’t find Ro-Tel tomatoes, substitute 1 1/4 cups canned diced tomatoes. Andouille, linguica, or kielbasa sausage can be substituted for the chorizo.

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