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Baked penne with Nduja and mozzarella


  • 1 pound uncooked penne pasta

  • 1/2 medium onion chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic minced

  • 3 cups (24 oz.) marinara sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional

  • 1.5 cups shredded mozzarella

  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375F and move the rack to the top third of the oven.

  • Boil a salted pot of water for the pasta. Cook it for 2 minutes less than the package directions indicate. Once it's done, drain it and set it aside.

  • Crumble the sausage meat directly into a skillet, add add the onion in too. There should be enough fat released by the sausage to cook the onion, but if it's particularly lean, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft .

  • Stir in the garlic and cook for about a minute.

  • Add in the marinara sauce and red pepper flakes and cook for a couple more minutes until it's warmed through.

  • Add the drained pasta to a 9x13 baking dish and then pour the sausage mixture over top. I add in some salt & pepper as well. Toss until everything is coated. Smooth it out into an even layer.

  • Top with the cheeses and bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Broil for a few minutes to brown the cheese (watch it carefully). Serve immediately.

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