1 pound package mostaccioli
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound Italian Sausage (I usually use regularly flavored)
1 (14 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 to 2 teaspoons basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 (16 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese
First, cook a pound of pasta. The recipe is called Baked Mostaccioli so it calls for mostaccioli noodles which are simply a ziti noodle that is cut on a slant.
While you are waiting for the pasta to cook, brown the sausage breaking it into pieces with your handy dandy Pampered Chef tool or the side of a wooden spoon. When the sausage has cooked, drain it well and add the tomato sauce, the Alfredo sauce, the basil and the garlic powder. (The original recipe calls for a 2 ounce package of spaghetti sauce seasoning, which I have been unable to locate at the grocery story. I imagine that such a package would include at least basil and garlic powder so that's what I use.)
Stir to combine.
Now, let's build.
In a sprayed casserole dish, place 1/2 of the pasta, then 1/2 of the meat sauce, then 1 cup of cheese. Repeat with the other 1/2 of the pasta, then the other 1/2 of the meat sauce, then another cup of cheese.
That's it, you're all finished. Toss that casserole into a 350˚ oven for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and irresistible looking. Take it from the oven, throw some green veggies on the plate with it, and enjoy!
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