Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baked Ziti

Thanks to Teri's blog, here's a meal you will love! We did! it was wonderful. The Italian sausage was a great change but the best part might have been the tomatoes dipped in olive oil.

2 pkgs Italian Sweet Sausage (NOT links)
16 oz. box of rigatoni pasta, cooked, but not too soft
3 jars of 10oz. pasta sauce. Personally, I use Ragu with roasted garlic
1 1/4 cup water
Fresh Basil- My thoughts is, if the basil is just going to go bad in the fridge, then use the entire package. If not, then add to your liking
Fresh Garlic- Again, I used 3 cloves because I LOVE garlic, but you may not, so use what you want
1 cup fresh shredded parmesan (bagged or block)
1/2 tsp black pepper
Frozen Garlic Bread- I used the 10pc Toasted Garlic Bread
12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup olive oil
2 medium Roma tomatoes

Preheat oven to 400F.

Prepare sausage according to package directions.

In a large bowl, mix cooked sausage, cooked pasta, pasta sauce, water, chopped basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Mix gently. Place mixture into 9x13 pan.

Place the slices of garlic bread on top of the mixture and cover with mozzarella cheese. Dip the tomatoes in the olive oil and place on each of the pieces of garlic bread. I also put some dried basil on top for decor.

Baked uncovered for approximately 30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand ten minutes to help set before slicing and serving. Personally, I just turned the oven off at 30 min and let bake another 10.


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