September 4, 2016

Baked Ziti

Posted in Pasta, Uncategorized at 1:43 pm by Sheila OConnell

This is a real crowd pleaser. Great for parties since the work is done ahead of time. It has to stand for 10 minutes after coming out of the oven, but you can let it sit much longer.  The original recipe called for 2 lbs of sausage, 1/2 cup oil and 3 tbsp basil, but I thought that was a bit much.

1.25 lbs hot Italian sausage
1 lb ziti or penne or rigatoni
1 14oz can tomato sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. dried basil
1 tbsp. dried rosemary
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp. sugar
2 red chili peppers (optional)
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Add tomato sauce, basil, rosemary, oregano, sugar to medium-large pot
Wash chili peppers and add to pot whole (or trim off stem)
Bring to boil then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hr
After 45 minutes start water to boil for pasta
Remove casing from sausage and break into small pieces
Heat olive oil in pan on medium high, add sausage and cook until it starts to brown
Remove and discard chili peppers then add sausage and all of the oil to the tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook pasta to al dente (don’t over cook – it will cook during baking)
Add pasta to 9 x 13 baking pan
Add sausage and sauce to baking pan and toss together to mix
Add parmesan on top then cover with mozzarella
Cover with foil (or top of pan), but don’t let foil touch cheese, and bake for 30 min at 350
Remove top/foil and bake 10 minutes (watch that cheese doesn’t burn)
Remove from oven and let stand at least 10 minutes
Serve with a nice salad, bread, and a good Italian wine (a super Tuscan works well).

Bon appetite
(posted by dad)



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