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Italian Sausage and Pepper Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (20 ounce) package frozen stuffed shells or manicotti
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook Italian sausage; drain. Slice into 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil. Add onion and peppers; cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings and cooked sausage. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Coat shallow 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half of sauce in bottom of dish. Arrange pasta in dish; cover with remaining sauce.
  6. Cover with foil; bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes.
  7. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

Yields 6 servings.


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