Another great dish brought by another great neighbor as we are learning how to be parents of 3 under 2 years old! It’s easy for larger groups or for weeknight dinners. If you don’t like a lot of sauce check out the original recipe linked at the bottom of this post. If you’re like me and like a some sauce with your pasta then check out my adapted version written below. Thanks Jenn!
- 1 pound dried ziti pasta
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound sweet and or spicy Italian sausages, casing removed and crumbled
- 1/4 medium onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- One jar tomato/spaghetti sauce
- Fresh basil (about 3-4 sprigs)
- 1 pound fresh mozzarella, half sliced and half cubed
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan, divided
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt generously, and boil the pasta until al dente, tender but still slightly firm. Drain. (Meanwhile start sauce).
- Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.
- Add the onion and garlic, stirring, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more.
- Add the basil and tomato sauce (about 1/2-3/4 jar depending on how saucy you want it) and bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
- Season with salt and paper
- Toss the cooked pasta with the tomato and sausage sauce, half the mozzarella cubed, and h1 Parmesan cheese.
- Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9 by 13-inch baking dish.
- Cover the top of the pasta with the sliced mozzarella, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
- Bake until lightly browned and hot, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
Original recipe available here.