Friday, February 19, 2010

Baked Fettuccine

  • 12 oz fettuccine
  • 3/4 lb Italian sausage
  • 4 large carrots, diced
  • 4 large celery stalks, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

1. Preheat oven to 400
2. Cook fettuccine in boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain. Coat bottom of empty pot with a little olive oil. Return the past to the pot and stir to coat it evenly with the oil. Remove from heat and keep warm.
3. Cook sausage over medium-high heat until well browned. Drain sausage in a bowl lined with paper towels.
4. Put carrots, celery, and onion in a large skillet and add water to just cover them. Boil until the carrots and celery are soft, testing with a fork. Drain vegetable in a colander. Saute veggies in a little olive oil until they're lightly browned and have lost most of their moisture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Mix egg into pasta and stir
6. Add Parmesan to pasta and stir well
7. Add sausage and veggies to pasta and mix thoroughly
8. Line 9x13 pan with aluminum foil, using enough extra so it and be folded over double. Spray foil with non-stick spray.
9. Pour the fettuccine mixture into the fold and spread evenly.
Wrap the foil over the top of pasta and seal, so that mixture is completely enclosed with foil, in the baking dish.
10. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Unwrap foil from top of dish and invert onto serving platter. Remove rest of foil.
11. Slice to serve

Changes I made: I used a little over a pound of sausage. I used a little less than 1 1/2 cups of cheese. 2 eggs and WAAAAY less than 1/2 a cup. Probably closer to 3 Tbsp of olive oil. I also left the pasta in the foil to serve and didn't cut it up to serve and it worked just fine. Both of my boys loved it and had 3 bowls full. The 4 year old even asked to eat it for breakfast, but I made him wait until lunch! It takes a few pots and pans but it was well worth it! It is more of a traditional Italian pasta and it not saucy or very cheesy at all but very tasty!

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