Ever feel like a lasagna, but not all the time it takes. Or really, just how “warm” it feels. I could just be a weirdo here, but to me, lasagna is for cold winter nights, when it’s snowy outside and the last thing you want to do is open a door and let any of it in. This kinda sucks because I love lasagna, and I’ve banished it to only be an option for half of the year (yes, half the year, we live in Canada and it was still snowing two weeks ago here).
So, I made a work-around (because my mind works in mysterious ways, and it is surprisingly easy for me to “trick” myself). Thus was born baked penne, lasagna style. Because that’s totally reasonable to eat whenever you want.
We’re using canned sauce, and just quickly frying up some sausage meat with garlic for a little extra flavour. Tossed into a pan with the pasta, swirled with ricotta, then topped with mozzarella and you’re done. All the flavour – none of the fuss.