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Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Ingredients

1 box Ziti, cooked according to package directions
2 links hot Italian sausage, cooked and sliced (I was unable to find hot Italian sausage this time – just used all mild)
2 links mild Italian sausage, cooked and sliced
1 container (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese (I didn’t use the part-skim — went all the way with regular ricotta cheese – shame on me!)
Small can diced tomatoes
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 tablespoon garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Small can of tomato sauce (homemade or jarred)
1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
Cooking spray (olive oil is best)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking oil.

In a medium bowl beat an egg. Add ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, garlic powder, salt, mix thoroughly. Set aside.

Return drain Ziti to cooled pot and add the sausage and diced tomatoes;  mix thoroughly.  {I put the diced tomatoes in the cheese, parsley, spices mixture.}

Spoon half the Ziti and sausage mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Spread the ricotta cheese mixture over the Ziti.

Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella cheese over the ricotta cheese.

Spoon the rest of the Ziti over the mozzarella cheese.

Drizzle the reserved cup of tomato sauce over the top of the Ziti.

Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese over the top of the casserole.

Very lightly spray cooking spray on the mozzarella cheese.   This will aid in smoothly melting the cheese.

Bake uncovered for approximately 35 minutes until it is heated through and cheese has melted.

If cheese or Ziti start to get too dark, cover loosely with foil. Spray the bottom side of the foil with a little cooking spray to prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil.

TIP: Reynolds Wrap has a new non-stick foil  called “Release”  that is excellent.  Nothing sticks to it and it is perfect for things like this.

NOTE: I only had a cup of tomato sauce on hand; it would be best to have a cup of tomato sauce (at least a cup – perhaps a little more) along with the diced tomatoes in the sausage, Ziti, and tomato mixture.

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2 responses »

  1. Baked Ziti is a classic. I love the pictures you have on this post as well.

    Reply

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