Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Here’s a new recipe I’m adding to my recipe stash. 
Preparing the sausage mixture
Before going in the oven
After – as you can see, it was yummy!
  • 3/4* of a 16 ounce package ziti pasta (* my hubby likes a lot of sauce so I 
    usually cook the whole box and use the leftover pasta for pasta salad later)
  • 4 Italian sausage – casing removed and broken into bite size pieces.
  • 1/2 onion-chopped
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper- chopped
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 TBS Italian Seasoning
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 (32 ounce) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce or make your own sauce.
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse.
  2. Sauté the sausage, onion & peppers and add  spaghetti sauce.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, seasoning and egg
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Lightly grease a casserole baking dish and lightly cover the bottom with spaghetti sauce. Layer with 1/2 of pasta then with 1/2 of cheese mixture, then some sauce.  Repeat layers, top with remaining spaghetti sauce, followed by Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes; let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

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