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Baked Ziti with Tomato, Mozzarella & Sausage

Active time:40 minutes

Start To Finish:1 hour,

Difficulty:

Serving size: 6-8

Source: Fine Cooking

Fall/Winter , Comfort Food, Family Favorites, Casual
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Ingredients:

olive oil
1 large onion, cut into small dice
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ lb. sweet Italian pork sausage, removed from its casing and crumbled
Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
¼ cup dry red wine
35 oz. can whole plum tomatoes, chopped, with their juice
¼ cup chopped fresh marjoram or oregano (about 6 large sprigs)
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated mild pecorino cheese
1 pinch nutmeg
⅓ cup chopped fresh Italian, flat-leaf parsley
1 lb dried ziti
½ lb fresh mozzarella, cut into small cubes

Directions:

Heat your oven to 425°F. Lightly oil a large, shallow baking dish. 

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add salt, and cook the ziti until al dente.

Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbs. of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sausage. Use a wooden spoon to break up the sausage in the pan. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink. Drain the excess fat, but leave a little to flavor the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, add the red wine and boil until it is nearly gone. Add the tomatoes with their juices and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. The sauce will thicken slightly. Add the marjoram or oregano, then taste and adjust seasonings.

In a large bowl, mix the ricotta, half of the grated pecorino, nutmeg, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Drain the ziti and toss it with the ricotta mixture to coat. Add the sausage mixture and stir to combine. Gently toss in the mozzarella.

Pour everything into the oiled baking dish and sprinkle the remaining pecorino cheese on top. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes until lightly browned and bubbling. 

 

Notes:

You can use cooking spray to oil the baking dish.

Take it from us, you will never find a 35 oz. can of tomatoes.  Buy a 28 oz. can and a 14½ oz. can, and only use half of the latter.  You can freeze the extra half to use the next time you can't find a 35 oz. can of tomatoes.


Nutritional Information

Calories: 268 ; Fat: 11g; Saturated: 5g; Mono: 4g ; Poly: 1g; Carb : 28g; Fiber : 2g; Chol : 28mg; Sodium : 29mg;


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