101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

A quick and easy pasta dish with spicy Italian Sausage. Made from scratch with a tasty home made marinara sauce.

I started by browning a good quality Italian Sausage with chopped onion. Then added a modified version of my 30 minute marinara sauce. Mixed with cook pasta some mozzarella and topped with more mozzarella.


Rating
An easy family favorite.

Notes: Most recipes called for jarred sauce. I really couldn't do it. But you could if you want. Also more cheese is always good.


Start by chopping one medium onion, add to one pound Italian Sausage and 1 tablespoon minced garlic . Brown over medium high heat. About 10 minutes. At the same time cook one pound penne pasta according to package instructions and drain. Preheat oven to 375.
 Add 28 oz. crushed tomatoes, 2 t basal, 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper, 1/2 t crushed red pepper, 1/2 t oregano, and 1/4 t sugar. Turn to low and simmer for a few minutes.
 Cut 8 oz of mozzarella into 1/2 inch cubes.
 Add the sauce to the pasta. Add the cubed mozzarella and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Mix well.
Add to a casserole pan and top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella.
 Bake at 375 until golden brown. About 30 minutes.




Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage


A quick and easy pasta dish with spicy Italian Sausage. Made from scratch with a tasty home made marinara sauce.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 t minced garlic
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • basal
  • salt
  • pepper
  • crushed red pepper
  • oregano
  • sugar
  • 8 oz mozzarella cubed 1/2 inch
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella
Instructions
1) Start by chopping one medium onion, add to one pound Italian Sausage and 1 tablespoon minced garlic . Brown over medium high heat. About 10 minutes. At the same time cook one pound penne pasta according to package instructions and drain. Preheat oven to 375.2) Add 28 oz. crushed tomatoes, 2 t basal, 1 t salt, 1/2 t pepper, 1/2 t crushed red pepper, 1/2 t oregano, and 1/4 t sugar. Turn to low and simmer for a few minutes3) Cut 8 oz of mozzarella into 1/2 inch cubes.4) Add the sauce to the pasta. Add the cubed mozzarella and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Mix well.5) Add to a casserole pan and top with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella. 6) Bake at 375 until golden brown. About 30 minutes.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 serving


Updated

January 21 2012

DrDan

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6 Comments:

At January 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM , Blogger Chris said...

There are some decent jarred sauces out there these days, it's not just Ragu and Prego anymore. That being said, I still prefer making my own too.

 
At January 28, 2012 at 11:01 PM , Blogger Doug said...

What size casserole pan did you use?

 
At January 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Dr Dan said...

The casserole is 2.5 qt and about 1 1/2 inches deep. I like a lot of top surface area. Good luck with your new blog Sunday, dinner for two

 
At January 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Doug said...

Thanks, Dr. Dan. The upcoming post will be about tonight's dinner featuring your recipe.

 
At February 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM , Blogger Doug DeFrees said...

Here's my blog post about my baked ziti dinner: http://sundaydinnerfortwo.blogspot.com/2012/02/whats-ziti-and-why-should-i-bake-it.html

 
At December 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM , Blogger smors14 said...

Made this last night for myself and hubby - it was awesome and LOTS of leftovers :)

 

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