Monday, February 23, 2009

Baked Ziti

I just made baked ziti for our dinner and it was so good.

1 lb ziti pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb Italian Sausage; skin removed and crumbled
3 tablespoons onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
28 oz can Hunts whole tomato (basil flavor); diced
1 lb fresh mozarella; cut into half (1/2 diced and other half cut into thin slices)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon thyme
1 sprig fresh basil
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Cook ziti pasta until tender. Drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Create the sauce: Heat olive oil in pan. Add Italian Sausages and brown. It will take about 3 minutes. Then, add the garlic and onions. Saute for another 3 minutes. Then, add the can of tomatoes, thyme, basil, cayenne, and pepper. Let the mixture simmer and then cover and let boil for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Preparation and assembly of baked zitiL: Spray PAM on a large baking dish. Combine and toss the ziti, sauce, diced mozarella and 1/2 of the parmesan cheese. Top with the sliced mozarella slices. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheeses have already melter. Serve and enjoy!

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