Recipe for Italian Sausage And Pepper Bake


    Italian Sausage and Pepper Bake

    1 pound Italian sausage
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 medium onion, diced
    1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
    1/2 sweet red pepper, sliced
    1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
    1 teaspoon tomato paste
    1/4 teaspoon oregano
    1/2 teaspoon basil
    Salt and pepper
    1 (20 ounce) package frozen stuffed shells or manicotti
    1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)

    Cook Italian sausage; drain. Slice into 1/2-inch pieces; set aside.

    Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil. Add onion and peppers; cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato paste, seasonings and cooked sausage. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

    Coat shallow 2-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread half of sauce in bottom of dish. Arrange pasta in dish; cover with remaining sauce. Cover with foil; bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.

    Yields 6 servings.