I’m a sucker for pasta. Its kinda amazing, and if you give me half a chance I could probably give you a few reasons why pasta could be the answer to world peace.
Don’t believe me?
Ask yourself this- have you ever seen anybody ANGRILY eating pasta?
Yeah. I thought not.
So, needless to say, sites like Pinterest help feed my addiction- literally. Search for “pasta” and you’ll pinning for hours. I found a version of this and I knew it was something I had to try out on my family. I messed with it a little to suit what my family likes, and voila!
2-3 cups bow tie pasta
About a lb of sausage (you can use sausage links, too, if you can’t find bulk sausage- just take them out of their casings)
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 onion, diced
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more- my family can take spicy, so I actually added closer to 3/4 tsp)
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 dashes salt
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 can cut tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
2 tablespoons cut fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried parsley)
About 2 cups of shredded mozzarella
About a cup of ricotta
Boil the bow tie pasta until it’s al dente.
Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the sausage. Cook till its in med. sized crumbles. If you’re using links, you can save time by squeezing out 1 in. pieces out of the links into the pan.
If you’re using turkey sausage or something low fat, you might want to add a bit of olive oil to add moisture. Yes, you WANT fat in this dish.
As the sausage is cooking, add the onions and bell peppers. Oh, and I also added about 2 cloves of minced garlic. If you like garlic, feel free to add it in. If not, don’t.
Then, add the red pepper flakes, and the pepper.
Add the oregano, and salt. Gently stir all of the ingredients in the skillet together.
Then, add the cut tomatoes and water.
Stir all of the ingredients together.
Add just 1 tablespoon of the parsley; reserve the other tablespoon for garnish.
Add the drained al dente pasta, and gently stir the ingredients together.
Add ricotta to the pan. Mix in a bit to help it melt.
Add mozzarella on top of the ingredients.
Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
Cover the skillet with a lid and let simmer until the mozzarella cheese is melted (about 5 minutes).
Lastly, garnish with parsley.
Serve hot right out of the skillet.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think!