Sausage & Pepper Baked Ziti

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Two Italian favorites are combined in this one simple dish....delicious !
Uncooked ziti rigati pasta (8 oz.)
Oil (2 tsp.)
Red bell pepper (1 medium, chopped)
Cubanelle peppers (2, chopped)
Onion (1 medium, chopped)
Spicy or sweet Italian sausage (12 oz. = ~4 links)
Part-skim ricotta (1 cup)
Part-skim mozzarella (1 1/2 cups, shredded)
Parmesan (1/4 cup, grated)
Parsley (1/4 cup, chopped)
Marinara sauce (2 cups from a 24 or 26 oz. jar)
1. Heat oven to 400°.  Cook pasta in a large pot of slightly salted water as package directs for al dente or firm texture.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add peppers, onion, and sausage; cook 6 minutes or until sausage is browned.  Remove from heat; cut sausage into 1/4" slices.
3. Mix ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 3 Tbsp. Parmesan and the parsley in large bowl.  Drain pasta; toss with cheese mixture, sausage mixture, and 1 cup marinara sauce.
4. Pour pasta mixture into a 2 quart shallow baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce on top; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until bubbly.
Serves 6
Meal   DinnerDish   Main Dish
Cooking Method   BakedPrep Time   less than 15 minutes
Cooking Time   45 minutes

Carolyn Beck

Member since Jun 2008

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