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Ziti or no Ziti November 20, 2013

Filed under: Kelly — Uncharted @ 12:34 am
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The holidays are on their way, and I am already nervous about how busy I will be.  Not only is it busy because of the actual holiday celebrations, but with my line of work it’s just the way things are every year.  The other day I was surfing Pinterest and found a great recipe that is easy to make and can be made in a large batch so you have leftovers, or even freeze half of it for a meal when you have no time to put one together.  I’m positive this will come in handy during this very busy season!

Sausage and Pepper Baked Ziti/Penne (if the store doesn’t have Ziti!)

Ingredients you’ll need along with my notes:

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8 ounces uncooked pasta (I used penne since Trader Joes didn’t sell Ziti)
2 tsp oil (I used olive)
1 red bell pepper chopped
2 cubanelle peppers chopped (didn’t know what this was so I substituted mushrooms!)
1 medium onion chopped
12 ounces Italian sausage (they suggested links, but then later you have to cut them all up so I just did ground sausage)
1 cup ricotta
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella
¼ cup parmesan
¼ cup parsley chopped (didn’t have this on hand so I didn’t use it)
2 cups marinara sauce

First preset the oven to 400 degrees.  Boil some water and cook the pasta as you usually would, drain, and set aside.  I cooked the pasta a little less than usual since it would be cooked more in the oven and I like my pasta a bit firm.

While the pasta is boiling, heat the oil in a pan, brown the sausage and add the onion, pepper, and mushrooms near the end (again I don’t like soggy I like firm so I didn’t want these to cook too long).

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In a bowl, mix the ricotta, 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella, and 3 tbs parmesan (also add parsley here if you’d like).  Incorporate the cheese mixture in with the drained noodles and 1 cup of marinara sauce.  Place the meat mixture in the (greased) pan, then combine the noodle mixture with the meat.  I did it this way because my bowl was too small and you are actually looking at all of my counter space.  What can I say?  I have to get creative!  You can just mix it all together at once if you want.

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Notice my trusty Kindle by my side every step of the way to help me with the recipe!

Pour remaining 1 cup of marinara on top and then sprinkle with what’s left of the parmesan and mozzarella.

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Slide in the oven for 20 minutes or until the whole thing is bubbling.  I decided to serve with a green salad to balance out the meal:

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Notice the lovely ottoman I must use as a table since I haven’t found a coffee table I like yet!

This meal was the definition of comfort food.  All that delicious cheese is to blame!  A perfect meal when the weather starts getting cool.  The original recipe can be found on Women’s Day right here.  Honestly this made a lot of food and next time I would either cut the recipe in half or put half in a container in the freezer before baking the rest.    Then you could defrost the frozen one and bake a little longer than the 20 and have a whole meal ready to go.

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