Italian Bake

This hearty (and easy!) pasta bake is perfect for when you need to bring a dish to pass at a potluck or gathering. The prep work is easy:

ground beef, onion, and garlic are combined with your favorite spaghetti sauce, cooked noodles, and mushrooms. Fresh tomatoes give this bake an extra special feel.

INGREDIENTS:

3 pounds chicken breasts (cooked & cut into bite-size pieces)

6 Italian sausage links

2 jars of spaghetti sauce (I use Hunt’s in the can – cheaper & just as good!)

1 pound of pasta, penne, macaroni, shells, or whatever you like

1 large package of pizza cheese

1 onion

2 large bell peppers – red & green, cut into chunks

DIRECTIONS:

Cut up chicken, onion, peppers, and sausage.

Boil pasta and drain (don’t overcook)

Mix pasta, sausage, onion, peppers, chicken, and sauce.

Put in a large deep dish. If it won’t all fit, make a little side dish to freeze for lunch later.

Top heavily with cheese.

Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden and bubbly.