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Baked Ziti

Baked ziti with four kinds of cheese and Italian sausage is an excellent party dish.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 701kcal
Author: Lucy Brewer

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 lb. mild or sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 14-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, or Chianti will do)
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper

Cheese

  • 1 lb. mozzarella, cubed and sliced (2 cups cubed and the rest thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Other ingredients

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb. ziti noodles

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add onion and saute for one minute. Cut open sausage casings and crumble sausage into skillet. Add garlic. Cook until sausage is browned.
  • Add tomatoes, wine, sugar, and seasonings. Salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Simmer for thirty minutes.
  • In a large pot, prepare water to boil for ziti. Boil ziti for slightly less than time indicated for al dente. You want the noodles to finish cooking in the sauce in the oven. Drain the noodles, reserving 1 cup of cooking water.
  • Add ziti noodles, 1/4 cup heavy cream, the cubed mozzarella, and all of the pecorino to the sauce. 
  • Lightly grease a deep 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour sauce with noodles into dish and top with the sliced mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. 
  • Bake at 375 for about twenty minutes, until cheese is melted and just barely turning brown around the edges. Do not overbake or cheese will get rubbery.