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Ziti and Sausage Bake

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Ziti Bake

Ziti Bake

Diana Rattray
This is a flavorful ziti bake with sausage and three cheeses, including Mozzarella, Provolone, and Parmesan. You can substitute the bulk sausage with ground beef or Italian sausage, and use all Mozzarella slices instead of Mozzarella and Provolone.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups uncooked ziti or rigatoni pasta
  • 1 pound ground bulk sausage, mild or hot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf basil, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, or to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces sliced Mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced Provolone cheese
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

Boil pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse with hot water. Set aside.

In a skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage, breaking up with a spatula or spoon; add minced garlic and cook 2 minutes longer. Drain and discard excess fat.

Put cooked drained ziti in a lightly buttered 2 1/2-quart casserole dish. Top with half of the tomato sauce, the sliced Provolone cheese, the sour cream, and browned sausage. Sprinkle herbs and seasonings over the sausage layer. Top with the Mozzarella cheese and remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 to 35 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Serves 6 to 8.

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