Baked Ziti with Sausage and Tomatoes

Baked ziti in a hearty meat sauce is a great dish for a hungry family; use either pork or turkey sausages.

Recipe courtesy of "The Illustrated Kitchen Bible: 1,000 Family Recipes from Around the World" by Victoria Blashford-Snell, copyright 2008. Used by permission of Dorling Kindersley Limited. All rights reserved.

Baked Ziti with Sausage and Tomatoes

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    Ingredients

    1 lb (450 g) sweet or hot Italian sausages (pork or turkey) 2 tbsp chopped basil
    2 tbsp olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper
    2 large onions, coarsely chopped 1 lb (450 g) ziti
    2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    One 28 oz (794 g) can chopped tomatoes with their juices

    directions

    Prep: 20 min Total:
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    • 1

      Fill a deep skillet with water and bring to a boil. Prick the sausages with a fork, add them to the pan, and simmer for 2 minutes, or until the casings turn pale. Drain the sausages and let cool. Remove the casings and break up the meat.

    • 2

      Return the skillet to the heat, add the sausage and oil, and cook for 5 minutes. Add the onions and garlic and cook for another 3 minutes, or until softened.

    • 3

      Stir in the tomatoes with their juices and the basil. Season with salt and pepper. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10 minutes, or until it has thickened, stirring occasionally.

    • 4

      Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the ziti, and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes before the time indicated on the package. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.

    • 5

      Stir most of the sausage and tomato sauce into the ziti. Spread in a large casserole (or 6 individual casserole dishes), then spoon the reserved sauce over the top. Sprinkle with the mozzarella.

    • 6

      Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the sauce bubbles and the cheese is melted and golden.

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