It is snowing tonight and that makes it a perfect night for comfort food.
Nothing spells comfort better than pasta...and melted cheese.
Quicker than baked ziti or lasagna, this pasta dish is assembled in a skillet and then individual portions are placed under the broiler to melt a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella. Speedy dinner for a busy week night.
Deconstructed Lasagna makes 8 portions
1 lb rigatoni
1/2 lb spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 26 oz jar marinara sauce
1 teaspoon dried, crushed red pepper
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese (or more!)
1 cup ricotta cheese
optional chopped fresh herbs such as basil, oregano or thyme
Cook rigatoni in a large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain pasta.
While pasta is cooking, brown sausage in heavy pot over medium-high heat, stirring frequently and breaking up large pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Add garlic, red pepper, and chopped fresh herbs if desired and saute until soft, 1-2 minutes. Add marinara sauce and ricotta cheese. Combine.
Add drained pasta and mix until pasta is coated.
Using oven-safe bowls, divide mixture into individual portions. Top each bowl with shredded mozzarella.
Place bowls under broiler and allow cheese to melt and turn slightly brown, about 1 1/2 minutes.