Thursday, August 11, 2011

Baked Italian Sausage

Sometimes when we go to our favorite pizza parlor and we don't want pizza, Joey orders their Italian Sausage dinner. It's basically Italian sausage covered in sauce and cheese and baked in a hot oven. I've tried to replicate this recipe more than once but this time I think I could've been close--but I strayed and Joey noticed right away. On the other hand, I thought this was delicious if you weren't comparing it to Dino's.

If you want this to be more like Dino's do the following:
Use regular Italian sausage, use regular mozzarella, and add a little parmesan

1 Package Italian Chicken Sausage (I got that new Open Nature brand from Vons that comes in a pack of 4)
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 T olive oil
8oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 t dried oregano
salt to taste
Pasta for serving

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. In an oven proof skillet heat, rub smashed garlic all over the pan, then throw the pieces in there. Add the olive oil and heat over med-high heat.
2. Add the sausages and brown all sides. Turn off the heat.
3. Pour in the entire can of crushed tomatoes, salt and oregano. Top with the cheese.
4. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
5. Serve with pasta

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