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Baked Ziti with Sausage

  • Baked Ziti with Sausage
    Smoked Sausage is baked with ziti, Italian cheeses, and fresh basil for a delicious main course.
    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Total Time: 1 hour

    Makes 6

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    1 (16 ounce) package Eckrich® Skinless Smoked Sausage 8 ounces ziti or mostaccioli pasta
    1 (26 ounce) jar spicy tomato basil pasta sauce
    1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
    1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided
    2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
    1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook ziti according to package directions. Meanwhile, cut sausage crosswise into 1/2-inch slices; quarter the slices. Drain ziti; return to same pot. Add pasta sauce and sausage; mix well. Arrange half of mixture in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
    2. Combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of the basil; spoon over sausage mixture.
    3. Top with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese and remaining sausage mixture. Cover dish with foil.
    4. Bake 35 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Continue to bake 10 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup basil.