Bake Penne (Latino Inspired)

Bake Penne (Latino Inspired)
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The classic Italian dish baked penne gets a little kick of south-of-the-border flavor with spicy peppers and a dash of cumin.This recipe is courtesy of Johnsonville and Fabio Viviani. Their new digital food series “Dinner Is Served” will kick off on April 6.
  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 package (16 ounces) johnsonville ground hot italian sausage or 1 package (19 ounces) johnsonville hot italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small poblano pepper, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente doneness; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook sausage in 1 tablespoon olive oil until fully cooked and browned, about 5–7 minutes.
  4. In a separate skillet, sauté the peppers, onion, and garlic in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender. Season with oregano, cumin, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  5. Add sausage to the peppers mixture; cook for approximately 3–5 minutes.
  6. Add pasta; toss to combine.
  7. Stir in the tomato sauce and remove from heat.
  8. Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Enjoy!