Saturday, August 10, 2019

Baked Ziti with Sausage

This baked ziti with sausage is a MAJOR household pleaser. It’s comparable to meat lasagna but with out the fuss, simple sufficient for a weeknight but additionally different sufficient for company, and it makes a huge prep-ahead potluck dish.

Baked Ziti with Sausage



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People always say to my kids, “You ought to love having a mother who chefs all of the time.” The youngsters throw me proper underneath the bus and clarify that it’s now not as huge simply due to the fact it seems: “We always consume the comparable dinner for, like, five nights in a row – and whilst she’s testing desserts, we consume much of frozen pizza.” It’s true, I experiment the comparable recipes evening time after evening time and so they need to consume what I make, regardless of even if it’s Brussels sprouts, baked ziti, or banana bread.  But I can inform you that whilst I was testing this sausage baked ziti, totally no person complained: it’s a MAJOR household pleaser.

Loaded with Italian sausage, which packs a ton of flavor, it’s comparable to meat lasagna but with out the fuss; simple sufficient for a weeknight but additionally different sufficient for company; and it also makes a huge prep-ahead potluck dish. While the baked ziti is within the oven, throw collectively an enormous Italian salad, warm some bread, open a bottle of red — and a comforting, make-everyone-happy dinner is served.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE BAKED ZITI WITH SAUSAGE
how to make baked ziti


Before we get to the recipe, a number of phrases concerning the ingredients. Ricotta cheese is a standard addition to baked ziti, but I depart it out simply due to the fact it has a tendency to get dry and grainy whilst baked. I use heavy cream so as to feature richness instead. As for the mozzarella, I suggest shopping for complete milk mozzarella (the variety in plastic-wrapped bricks bought within the dairy case) and shredding it yourself. It has a really rubbery texture that’s simple to shred and melts beautifully.

Pre-shredded mozzarella is tossed with anti-caking agents, so it doesn’t melt as nicely. And recent mozzarella is greatest appropriate for salads, simply due to the fact it doesn’t melt well. Finally, many grocers promote bulk Italian sausage, that is merely floor sausage with out the casings. If you can’t discover it, you possibly can ask your butcher to take the beef out of the casings or do it yourself.

HOW TO MAKE BAKED ZITI WITH SAUSAGE
Begin via boiling the ziti noodles in salted water till very al dente, about 7 minutes. (The pasta will hold to prepare dinner within the oven so that you desire to undercook it only a bit.) Drain and upload the pasta again to the pot. Set aside.

how to make baked ziti

Heat a huge sauté pan over medium-high heat.

how to make baked ziti

Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook, breaking aside with a wood spoon, till evenly browned and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to move the cooked sausage to a plate.

how to make baked ziti

Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fats from the pan and set over low warmth (if you don’t have sufficient fats within the pan, upload a tablespoon of olive oil). Add the garlic and cook, stirring always with a wood spoon, till smooth but now not browned, about 1 minute.

how to make baked ziti

Add the beaten tomatoes, salt, sugar and red pepper flakes and simmer for 10 minutes.

how to make baked ziti

Add the heavy cream, 1/3 cup of the Pecorino Romano, and basil to the pan.

how to make baked ziti

Then stir within the cooked sausage.

how to make baked ziti

Carefully pour the contents of the sauté pan into the huge pot with the pasta and gently stir to combine.

how to make baked ziti

Spoon half of the combination proper into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella and half of the final Pecorino Romano.

how to make baked ziti

Spoon the final pasta combination on higher and sprinkle with the final mozzarella and Pecorino Romano.

how to make baked ziti

Transfer to the oven and bake, uncovered, till the cheese has melted and browned, about 15 minutes.

how to make baked ziti

Sprinkle with extra basil and serve.



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Baked Ziti with Sausage
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By Jennifer Segal
This baked ziti with sausage is a MAJOR household pleaser. It’s comparable to meat lasagna but with out the fuss, simple sufficient for a weeknight but additionally different sufficient for company, and it makes a huge prep-ahead potluck dish.

Servings: 8-10
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

1 lb ziti noodles
1.5 lbs floor spicy or candy Italian sausage (or eliminated from casings)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-oz) can beaten tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon beaten red pepper flakes
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano (or Parmigiano Reggiano) cheese
1/3 cup chopped recent basil, plus extra for serving
8 oz complete milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)

INSTRUCTIONS

Bring a huge pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the ziti according to the package deal deal directions for very al dente, about 7 minutes. (It will hold to prepare dinner within the oven so that you desire to underneath prepare dinner it only a bit.) Drain and upload the pasta again to the pot. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 425°F and set the oven rack within the heart position.

Heat a huge sauté pan (preferably nonstick) over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook, breaking aside with a wood spoon, till evenly browned and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to move the cooked sausage to a plate. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fats from the pan and set over low warmth (if you do now not have sufficient fats within the pan, upload a tablespoon of olive oil). Add the garlic and cook, stirring always with a wood spoon, till smooth but now not browned, about 1 minute. Add the beaten tomatoes, salt, sugar and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Add the heavy cream, 1/3 cup of the Pecorino Romano, cooked sausage, and basil to the pan; stir till evenly combined. Carefully pour the contents of the sauté pan into the huge pot with the pasta and gently stir to combine. Spoon half of the combination proper into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella and half of the final Pecorino Romano. Spoon the final pasta combination on higher and sprinkle with the final mozzarella and Pecorino Romano. Transfer to the oven and bake, uncovered, till the cheese has melted and browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with extra basil and serve.

Make Ahead: This dish might be assembled and refrigerated, covered, as much as 2 days in advance. Since the dish shall be cold, the baking time will should be increased. To bake, conceal tightly with aluminum foil and region in a 425°F oven for 25 minutes, then discover and bake for one other 10 to 15 minutes, or till the cheese is evenly browned and the pasta is hot throughout.

Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The dish might be frozen unbaked. When you’re able to prepare dinner it, defrost within the refrigerator for twenty-four hours, then proceed with the Make Ahead lessons above.source