A comfort dish for sure, Baked Ziti is one of my favorites, of course it's a pasta dish. Baked Ziti easy to prepare and even tastes better the next day when all of the flavor have melded together. This recipe goes well with, garlic bread, a big leafy Caesar salad or even a simple side as broccolini.
1 pound of ziti
4 cloves of garlic
1 pound of Italian sausage, removed from casing. ( I use chicken Italian sausage)
15 ounces of ricotta cheese
1 pound of fresh mozzarella cheese, diced
1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbs fresh basil, chopped
26 ounce jar of marinara sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400˙ Cook pasta so it is al dente. Set aside. In a skillet crumble your sausage along with your garlic on med high heat until cooked through. In a large bowl toss the pasta with the meat mixture along with the marinara sauce, basil, ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan. Salt and pepper to taste. Transfer mixture to a large baking dish that is lightly greased with olive oil. Sprinkle the top of your pasta dish with extra parmesan . Bake until bubbly and golden brown about 25 minutes.