Christmas CasseroleSubmitted by: KNICKLENSP
IntroductionCalled Christmas Casserole because it's red, green, and white. Called Christmas Casserole because it's red, green, and white.
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, chopped
3 springs fresh thyme
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
3 links spicy italian sausage (3/4 lb), casings removed
1 Tbsp flour
1 large can (28 oz) whole peeled tomatoes
8 oz. medium shell pasta
2 bunches broccolini or 1 bunch broccoli rabe, coarsely chopped
8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4 c grated parmigiano reggiano
IN a lg skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and thyme; season w/ salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Add garlic and sausage. Cook, breaking the meat up as you go, until browned, about 5 minutes.
Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds.
Add squash and zucchini, cook about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes, breaking them up with a spoon. Cook sauce until slightly thickened, 5-8 minutes. Season again w/ salt and pepper. Discard thyme sprigs.
Meanwhile, in a large stockpot of boiling salted water, cook pasta 4 minutes less than package instructions (al dente). add broccoli rabe or broccolini to the water and cook 15 seconds. Drain and return to pot. Stir in sausage mixture. Transfer to a large, 4 quart baking dish or divide among smaller dishes / gratin dishes. Top with Mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until cheese has melted and liquid is bubbling, about 15 minutes.
Makes 8 servings.
Number of Servings: 8
Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KNICKLENSP.