Monday, March 22, 2010

Sausage Parmigiana

Sometimes the best meals are the simplest. You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen with a million ingredients in order to come up with a fabulous dinner. This is so easy, it's barely even a recipe. It's perfect for a mid-week meal or whenever you're a little short on time. A little sauce, a few sausages, some cheese, and you're good to go. Simple, right?

Italian sausage, hot or mild (or both!)
Joey's Favorite Marinara Sauce, or your favorite jarred sauce, or your own
shredded mozzarella cheese, as much as you like

Heat oven to 350F.
Cut sausage into lengths of 3 or 4 inches. Grill or fry until browned on all sides. Pour a little marinara sauce into a shallow casserole dish. Place browned sausages in casserole. Top with a little more sauce. Place in oven for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Top with shredded cheese. Place in oven for about 10-15 minutes longer, just until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve on fresh bakery rolls or with a side of pasta and some Garlic Bread.

I like to use an electric indoor grill. Since it cooks everything from the top and bottom at the same time, it's done in a fraction of the time it would take to cook in a regular skillet.
When you brown the sausage, you don't have to worry about cooking it all the way through. It'll finish cooking in the oven.
I like to leave it in the oven for a little extra time, because it makes the cheese slightly golden and brown around the edges. Love it!
Try this with meatballs too!

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