Baked Ziti with Broccoli Rabe and Hot Italian Saus
ziti, rigatoni, or penne pasta
olive oil, extra virgin
hot italian sausage, casings removed
canned, chopped or diced tomatoes
shredded provola, provolone or pecorino cheese
freshly ground pepper
1Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot, add 1 tablespoon salt and broccoli rabe. Boil 3-5 minutes or until tender. Drain, coarsely chop. Reserve.
2Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Oil 13x9 baking dish. In another large pot, bring 4-6 quarts water to boil. Add 3 Tbs. salt and pasta, cook 10-12 minutes or just until al dente. Drain.
3Meanwhile heat 2 Tbs. oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage, cook 5 minutes, breaking up with fork. Add tomatoes and basil. Reduce heat to simmer, cook until sauce just thickens. Stir in broccoli, remove from heat.
4In large bowl, mix pasta, sauce and 1 cup cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon pasta mixture into baking dish, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake until cheese is golden brown and pasta is hot, 15-20 minutes.
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