Cheesy Chorizo Pasta Bake

    Cheesy Chorizo Pasta Bake

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    About this recipe: This is a simple pasta bake that calls for your choice of chorizo or pepperoni. You could even use sausagemeat. It makes a large batch, which will feed a lot of people for not a lot of money. For the pasta, use any combination of small pasta shapes - macaroni, pasta shells, fusilli, penne, etc.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 12 

    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 450g chopped chorizo or pepperoni
    • 450g fresh mushrooms, sliced
    • 175g tomato puree
    • 800g shop-bought pasta sauce
    • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
    • 285g pasta
    • 450g ricotta cheese
    • 250g grated mozzarella cheese, divided
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

    1. In a large saucepan, combine green pepper, onion, chorizo, mushrooms, tomato puree, pasta sauce and garlic. Cover, and simmer for one hour.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
    3. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    4. Mix together pasta, ricotta, 3/4 of the mozzarella and Parmesan. In a 20x30cm baking dish, alternate pasta and cheese mixture and sauce mixture, ending with sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella.
    5. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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