I like planning. To a fault. I also like cooking, to a fault. The problem with that is that you can't always plan how much time you'll have after work, and often I get cravings for meals that take a bit more time to make and simply don't have the energy to make them on a weeknight. This is one of those meals. The baked, spicy spaghetti is delicious every single time and KEEPS really well in the fridge. When I have the right ingredients I like to make a batch on Saturday or Sunday and then bake it in the oven whenever I need a quick meal during the week. It's also a great meal to take to someone who's sick, just had a baby, or who you feel like you owe a meal because you did something inappropriate at their house after drinking too much Baileys.
Also, there's sausage in this meal.
Baked Sausage Pasta
This is easy to assemble and you can totally drink lots of boxed wine while the different ingredients cook. I make my own marinara sauce to go with it, but you can certainly use a jar - it's that much easier that way! As a note, the marinara recipe that's linked above can be made and frozen until your firstborn heads to college, even if you haven't conceived the little fund-sucker yet. Keep some on hand at all times for quick meals!
This recipe makes 6-8 portions. You'll need:
- 1 lb long pasta
- 1/2 lb sausage (hot Italian pork for me, but use whatever you like!)
- 1 lb eggplant (1 medium eggplant or equivalent)
- 4 cups or 1 jar marinara sauce
- 1/2 lb mozzarella cheese