While zoodles (zucchini noodles) are a healthy and popular alternative to pasta, sometimes you just need the real deal when it comes to enjoying comfort food. A baked pasta recipe like this has all the necessities of good old-fashioned comfort food, including carbs, cheese, and a little bit of heartiness.
During the cooler seasons, we tend to crave warm food that requires minimal effort but provides maximum pleasure. The idea that you can pop something into the oven so you can get back to the sofa under your cozy blanket is definitely appealing to us.
More than that, we love that the finished recipe is just as enticing as our spot on the couch. A big bowl of this sausage and kale baked pasta is as inviting and comforting as a warm spot nestled between the couch cushions.
To make this baked pasta recipe, spicy Italian sausage is sautéed with garlic and chopped kale, then stirred together with crushed red tomatoes. This mixture is combined with penne pasta then topped with cheese before it goes in the oven.
The end result is a cheesy, hearty baked pasta recipe that you’ll find yourself swooning over, bite after bite. Moreover, if you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you easily can. Simply cover your baking dish with a sheet of foil and refrigerate overnight or until you’re ready to bake, or freeze and bake later until heated through.
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