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Sausage Zucchini Pasta Bake

Although everyone in my house does not have to eat gluten-free, it sure makes meal time a lot easier when I am able to cook one delicious main course that is, coincidentally, gluten free.  I have found that when I use gluten free pastas in lasagnas, baked ziti, and those types of casseroles, no one can ever guess that I have replaced wheat pasta with gluten free pasta.  For this recipe, I used a corn based pasta in the shape of elbows.    

I had a few extra zucchini in my crisper that had to be used, but any veggie would probably work well – yellow squash, chopped spinach, eggplant, etc.

Ingredients:

Pasta – any small type – cooked
1 lb. crumbled sausage, cooked
1 large jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups (or so) sliced zucchini
2 cups shredded mozzarella

Directions:

1. Prepare pasta.  Set aside.
2. Cook sausage (drain, if necessary).  Add spaghetti sauce, zucchini, and pasta.  Combine.
3. Add shredded cheese.  Stir to combine.  Pour into large 9 x 13 baking casserole.
4. Cook at 350 for 45 minutes covered with aluminum foil.
5. Remove foil, sprinkle with a little extra cheese, if you wish, and cook for another 15 minutes uncovered.

Cook for about an hour

ENJOY!!  This was a big hit!  This is easy to make ahead – a day or just a couple of hours.  Once again, I used my magic oven feature… programmed my oven to cook while we were at soccer practice and came home to dinner ready to be served!

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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