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Glacier National Park - Going to the Sun Road

 

November 5, 2022

Italian Sausage Penne Casserole

Glacier National Park has amazing views of melting glaciers, alpine meadows, carved valleys and spectacular lakes. Glacier is a paradise for adventurers. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is a highlight not to be missed during your Glacier visit, but my heart jumped out of me a few times on the 50 mile stretch!

The Road spans 50 miles and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. During your drive you will see impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys or as I would describe them, complete drop-offs where you can't see the bottom!, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains and colorful wildflowers. You should also witness wildlife sightings on your trip across the Sun Road!

The Sun Road has so many features you won't want to miss. It can be hard to decide which ones to stop and see.

Italian Sausage Penne Casserole

Ingredients

16 oz. box Penne pasta

2 lb. Italian Sausage, you can use sweet or mild Italian

24 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 medium onion, diced

5 cloves garlic, minced

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

1 1/2 tsp. basil

1 1/2 tsp. oregano

Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 3 quart casserole dish with a non-stick spray. Set aside.

Place sausage in large skillet. Crumble and cook over medium heat until done.

Drain grease from sausage, reserving 2 tablespoons of grease. Set sausage aside.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of grease back to pan, add chopped onions and garlic and saute until onions are translucent.

Pour diced tomatoes into skillet with the onions and garlic.

Add basil, oregano, salt and pepper.

Cook for about 5 minutes over medium heat.

Add Italian sausage back to skillet and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer on low for approximately 20 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Drain, rinse and place pasta back in pan.

Add sausage mixture to pan with pasta.

Add 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese to the pan and stir well until melted.

Place 1/2 of the meat and pasta mixture into prepared casserole dish, sprinkle with cheese, add the rest of the meat and pasta, then top with remaining cheese, cover with foil and bake until cheese is bubbly and heated through, approximately 30 minutes. Can remove foil and bake the cheese a bit more.

Serve with salad and garlic bread.

Joke of the Week

An attorney representing a wealthy art collector called his client and said to him, "Saul, I have some good news and I have some bad news."

The art collector replied, "I've had an awful day; let's hear the good news first."

The attorney said, "Well, I met with your wife today, and she informed me that she invested $5,000 in two pictures that she thinks will bring a minimum of $15-20 million. I think she could be right."

Saul replied enthusiastically, "Well done! My wife is a brilliant businesswoman! You've just made my day. Now I know I can handle the bad news. What is it?"

The attorney replied, "The pictures are of you with your secretary."

 

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