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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sausage & Pepper Baked Ziti

I hope everyone had a great Christmas, I know we did. Santa always seems to bring more than he's supposed to! The holidays were great and so was the food. Now I am working on taking down Christmas and actually decorating our new home.
I got this recipe out of a Woman's Day magazine and finally got around to trying it. It was really good and even the kids liked it. The sauce has a slightly creamy taste to it with the ricotta cheese....yum! Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

8oz uncooked ziti pasta
2 tsp. oil
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
12oz sweet Italian sausage links, about 4
1 cup part skim ricotta
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cups marinara sauce

1. Cook pasta till al dente.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add peppers, onion, and sausage and cook until sausage is browned. Remove from heat and slice sausage into 1/4-in. slices.
3. Mix ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, and parsley in a medium bowl. Drain pasta, toss with cheese mixture, sausage mixture, and 1 cup marinara.
4. Pour mixture into a 2-qt. shallow baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered, 400 degrees, for 20 minutes, or until bubbly.