A quick, comforting dinner with tons of rich flavors. Any type of cut pasta will work, but we like the rigatoni for its larger, hollow shape.
5 ounces broccoli florets
6 ounces cooked Italian chicken sausage, cut into ½-inch rounds
½ red bell pepper, sliced
½ medium onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
¾ cup ricotta
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼ cup grated Parmesan
4 to 6 basil leaves, roughly torn
Nonstick cooking spray
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
½ pound dried rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente according to manufacturer’s instructions
Nutritional information per serving (based on 8 servings): Calories 260 (53% from fat) • carb. 14g • pro. 17g • fat 16g • sat. fat 7g • chol. 40mg • sod. 383mg • calc. 341mg • fiber 1g
1. Preheat the Toaster Oven Broiler to 400°F on the Bake setting. Line the baking pan with aluminum foil.
2. Put the broccoli, sausage, pepper, onion and garlic on the prepared pan. Toss with the oil and a pinch each of the salt and pepper. Roast in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until sausage and vegetables have browned. Reduce temperature to 350°F. Put the rack in the lower position.
3. In a large mixing bowl, toss the roasted sausage and vegetables with the remaining ingredients, until well combined.
4. Lightly coat a two-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add the pasta mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until cheeses are hot and bubbling. If a browned top is desired, uncover for the last 5 to 10 minutes.