4 years ago

Cheesy Baked Cavatappi

This cheesy baked pasta feeds a crowd! Great for family gatherings or cozy weeknight dinners with leftovers for lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) package cavatappi pasta
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Lunds & Byerlys Fresh All-Natural Italian Sausage Links, uncooked and cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages button mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 (26-ounce) jars pasta sauce
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions until barely al dente. Drain.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add sausage and onion to skillet; sauté 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add mushrooms, garlic, herbs and salt. Cook until liquid from mushrooms has evaporated (about 9-11 minutes).
  5. Add pasta sauce and cream. Bring to a simmer.
  6. Remove from heat and add pasta. Transfer to a 4-quart baking dish. May be refrigerated several hours or overnight.

To Bake:

  1. Bake, covered, in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes; remove cover and stir.
  2. Combine cheeses and parsley; sprinkle evenly over pasta.
  3. Continue baking, uncovered, until bubbly in center and cheese is melted (about 15
    minutes).