Baked Ziti

I originally got this recipe from my friend Natalie.  Her husband was stationed in Naples, Italy for a few years and got the recipe from a local.  We really liked the original recipe, but changed a few things (modified sauce, added sausage) to better suit our tastes.


1 pound ziti
1 cup whole mik ricotta
8 oz thin sliced fresh mozzarella
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1 pound Italian sausage
10 basil leaves torn small
1 pot of Adam’s Super Easy and Delicious Red Sauce


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta 2 minutes less than usual and drain.

Cover the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with sauce (about a cup).  Blend 2 tablespoons of the sauce with the ricotta cheese in a bowl.  Toss the pasta with the ricotta mixture.  Spread half of the pasta in the baking dish. Spread the sausage in the baking dish.  Spoon a layer of sauce over pasta and sausage.  Cover with sliced mozzarella, basil, and half of the grated cheese.  Top with the rest of the pasta, sauce, and grated cheese.

Bake for 45 minutes and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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