BAKED ZITI - MY WAY

Ellen Bales

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@Starwriter

I borrowed a little bit here and a little bit there and came up with this yummy comfort food that's perfect for a frigid night.
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Serves:

6

Prep:

35 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

2 Tbsp
oil
1 lb
sweet italian sausage, casing removed
1 medium
green pepper, chopped
1 medium
onion, chopped
3 clove
garlic, minced
1 can(s)
(28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 can(s)
(8 oz.) tomato sauce
4 c
ziti, cooked
1/4 c
fresh chopped basil or 1 t dried basil
2 1/2 c
shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c
shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

1
In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the ziti for 10 or 11 minutes. Rinse in cold water to prevent further cooking and set aside.
2
Cook the sausage in a large skillet in 1 Tbsp. of the oil over medium heat. Break it up with a spoon and cook until no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl.
3
In the same skillet, heat the remaining oil and add the green pepper and onion, cooking until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
4
Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce to the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
5
To the bowl of sausage, add the cooked ziti, basil, 2 cups of the mozzarella, and the tomato sauce mixture. Combine well and season with salt and pepper.
6
Turn mixture into a lightly oiled 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and then the parmesan.
7
Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 400-degree oven, on the center rack, for 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and broil for 2 to 4 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned.
8
Serve with a good garlic bread and green salad. And hey, why not, a bottle of red wine! Buon appetito!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #spicy, #creamy, #hearty, #meaty