After the holiday season I sometimes need a break from cooking, even if it is solar cooking. This baked pasta can be thrown together in minutes and is good enough for a meal on its own.

Super Easy Sun Oven Baked Pasta


1 pound whole wheat penne pasta, cooked according to package directions

1/2 pound Italian-style turkey sausage, thinly sliced

2 cups purchased marinara sauce, divided (or use your favorite homemade tomato sauce)

1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon oregano

2 tablespoons Italian-seasoned bread crumbs


Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Spay a 7 x 11-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Toss together the sausage, 1 cup of the marinara sauce, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, the basil, and the oregano in the prepared baking dish. Top with the remaining 1 cup marinara, then sprinkle with the remaining cheeses followed by the bread crumbs.

Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and tightly cover the baking dish, sprayed side down. Cover the foil with a dark tea towel. Bake the pasta in the Sun Oven until the sausage is cooked and the cheese is melted, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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