BAKED ZITI - MY WAY

1
Ellen Bales

By
@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.
Photo source: southernfood.about.com

Rating:
★★★★★ 2 votes
Comments:
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

Step-By-Step

1In 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.
2Cook 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.
3In 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.
4Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce to the onion, pepper, and garlic mixture and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
5To 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.
6Turn mixture into a lightly oiled 9x13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and then the parmesan.
7Cover 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.
8Serve with a good garlic bread and green salad. And hey, why not, a bottle of red wine! Buon appetito!

About BAKED ZITI - MY WAY

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