Baked Ziti

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep
30 mins
Cook
45 mins

A classic Italian dish, but created in no time flat! I usually double the sauce recipe and freeze the leftovers for up to 2 months. That way we can have ziti anytime of the week!

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. To make the Sauce:.
  2. In a large pot, brown Italian sausage over medium high heat until cooked through. About 5 minute.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add onion and garlic. Cook until opaque. About 3-4 minute.
  4. Combine tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt/pepper with onion, garlic, meat mixture and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Baked Ziti:.
  7. Cook pasta according to package, generally about 9-11 minutes for al dente.
  8. Halve the mozzarella. Cut half the portion into cubes, and the other half into thin slices (should look like discs, which will go on top of the pasta).
  9. Combine drained pasta with sauce, cubed mozzarella, 1/2 the parmesan cheese, and a pinch of red pepper.
  10. Place the combined pasta/sauce/cheese into a buttered 9x13 pan (I like to use my Le Crueset, presents better at the table).
  11. Top with remaining mozzarella slices and parmesan cheese.
  12. Bake in a 400°F oven for 45 minutes until the pasta is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown.