7 ounces dried cavatelli or wagon wheel macaroni
12 ounces uncooked Italian sausage links, sliced
1/2 inch thick, or lean ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; set aside.
In a large skillet cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until sausage is brown; remove from skillet. Drain.
In a large bowl stir together pasta sauce, 3/4 cup of the mozzarella cheese, and the pepper. Add the cooked pasta and the drained sausage mixture. Stir gently to combine. Spoon the mixture into a 2-quart casserole.*
Bake, covered, in a 375Â¿ oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until nearly heated through. Uncover; sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake about 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Makes 5 to 6 servings.