Posted 10/31/2006 7:42:40 AM
This is hearty and absolutely perfect for a chilly night with rain outside. Add a small side salad and you''ve got the perfect dinner. Substitutions I made:You can use crushed salad croutons instead of the bread crumbs, its even crunchier, and provides a nice texture difference.You don''t necessarily need a 2 quart casserole for this, any oven safe pot/pan that is large enough, with a cover, should do the trick. I also added some crushed red pepper flakes and fresh black pepper into the sauce before adding to the pasta for the necessary kick. It works beautifully and gives it the requisite spiciness for people like me :).