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Spicy Baked Penne Pasta with Veggies and Vegan Sausage

What you need: 

2 cups penne pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup white onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
6 mushrooms, sliced
1 medium red pepper, diced
1/2 medium green pepper, diced
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 medium tomato, diced
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 cup water
1 vegan Italian sausage links, sliced
1 cup vegan shredded cheese, divided

What you do: 

1. Boil water for pasta; add pasta and cook according to package directions, to desired consistency. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. In a large nonstick pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and peppers to the pan and cook until tender, about 4 minutes.
3. Season vegetables with red pepper and Italian seasoning. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Cook for 5 minutes.
4. In an oven-proof baking dish, combine, pasta, sauce, sausage, and 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 5 minutes.
Source of recipe: I wrote the recipe.

Preparation Time: 
15 min, Cooking time: 30 min
Cooking Time: 
30 min
Servings: 
2
Recipe Category: 

SO HOW'D IT GO?

ETA:  I also added some fresh zucchini.  Yum!

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I followed this recipe pretty loosely and it was delicious.  I added more a lot more veggies than the recipe called for.  I used 3 cloves of garlic, shiitake mushrooms, red pepper, a handful of spinach, and quite a bit of fresh basil.  I used canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh and veg broth instead of water.  I pan fried the sausage to crisp it up a little and I only had about 1/2 cup of Daiya, but it turned out to be plenty. 

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