Monday, July 21, 2008

Daily Dinner Ideas #7

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Make this family favorite with sweet or hot sausage.Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium cloves garlic , minced
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
Table salt
1 pound ziti or penne
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Brush 13 by 9-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon oil. Cook sausage in large skillet over medium heat until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer sausage to bowl.
2. Drain all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and garlic, and cook until fragrant but not brown, about 1 minute. Add crushed and diced tomatoes, return sausage to skillet, and simmer until thickened, 15 to 18 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
3. Meanwhile, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta. Cook until slightly underdone. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, drain pasta, and return to pot along with reserved water. Stir in tomato sauce.
4. Pour half of pasta into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half of each cheese. Pour remaining pasta into dish, sprinkle with remaining cheeses, and sprinkle with parsley. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve and Enjoy!

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Blogger Stacey Moore said...


7/21/2008 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger The Muse said...

We are having this for dinner Carrie!
I am in charge of chopping the tomatoes... LOL

7/21/2008 04:30:00 PM  
Blogger The Muse said...

We fixed it! LOL Wow I'm telling you it was GREAT ! LOL

7/24/2008 04:23:00 PM  

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