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Baked Pennette with Mortadella

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On a chilly day, there is nothing better than smelling the aroma of Baked Pennette with Mortadella.  Make this dish with Ziti, Penne, Fusilli, or any pasta that you prefer.

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Ingredients
  • 1 Lb Pennette Pasta
  • 1 Lb  Ground Beef
  • 28 Oz Chopped tomatoes
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 4 Leaves of Sage
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 3 Tbsp EV olive oil
  • 1/2 Cup Red wine
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • Grated Parmigiano cheese
  • 1/2  Lb Mozzarella
  • 1/4 Lb Mortadella
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Directions/Steps
  1. In a saute pan, add the EV olive oil and the chopped garlic.
  2. Let the garlic saute for a few minutes until it turns lightly golden and add the ground meat.
  3. Saute the meat by breaking it up with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the bay leaves and the sage leaves broken by hand. Add salt and  red pepper flakes as desired.
  5. Saute the meat until it turns brown. Add the red wine.
  6. Let the alcohol evaporate for a few minutes and add the chopped tomaroes.
  7. Turn the flame to medium and cover the saute pan.
  8. Cook for about 20 minutes.
  9. Pre-heat the oven at 400F.
  10. Cook the Pennette half way thru, drain the water and blanch the pasta.
  11. Take a deep dish baking pan and add a layer of sauce at the bottom. Follow with a layer of pasta, a coating of sauce and pieces of Mortadella. Add shreds of mozzarella and a generous sprinkle of Parmigiano cheese.
  12. Repat the layering process until you have used up all the pasta.
  13. Do not add Mozzarella on the final layer.  You will add it in the last 10 minutes of the baking process.
  14. Bake the pasta for about 20 mins.  After 10 mins. add a coating of Mozzarella on top.
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