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.
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
450g ricotta cheese
250g grated mozzarella cheese, divided
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
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Method Prep:30min › Cook:1hr30min › Ready in:2hr
In a large saucepan, combine green pepper, onion, chorizo, mushrooms, tomato puree, pasta sauce and garlic. Cover, and simmer for one hour.
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.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 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.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.