Baked Ziti with Sausage

FullSizeRenderThis recipe is from the February 2014 issue of Southern Living magazine. It is super yummy. I used rigatoni because the grocery store was out of ziti. The recipe makes 8 servings.






Baked Ziti with Sausage

12 ounces uncooked ziti pasta
4 ounces pancetta, diced
1 large onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 (1-pound) package ground Italian sausage
1 cup dry red wine
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup firmly packed torn fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 (8-ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare ziti according to package directions for al dente.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add sausage, and sauté 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Add wine, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.

Stir ricotta and 1 cup mozzarella cheese into hot cooked pasta. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer pasta mixture to prepared dish, and top with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Per my calculations – Per serving – Calories: 601, Total Fat: 30.7g, Sat Fat: 13.6g, Carbs: 46.7g, Fiber: 4g, Protein: 31g


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