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Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

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Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Servings: 4 - 6

To streamline preparation, the same oven proof fry pan can be used for sautéing the vegetables and sausages on the stove top and then baking the pasta dish in the oven.


  3 Tbs Olive oil

  1, 19 oz pkg Johnsonville® Sweet Italian Sausage, casings removed (can use mild or hot sausage)

  1 small Eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  1 Med Onion, chopped

  3 Garlic, peeled and minced, cloves

  1/2 cup Red wine

  1, 28 oz can Crushed plum tomatoes

  4 cup Ziti, cooked al dente

  1/4 cup Chopped fresh basil

  1/3 cup Chopped Kalamata olives

  2 1/2 cup Shredded mozzarella cheese

  Kosher Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

  1/2 cup Shredded parmesan cheese

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water, cover and set aside.

Position a rack in the upper third of an oven and preheat to 400*.

In a 12” nonstick fry pan. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add decased sausage and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink and cooked through about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl

Using the same pan, heat 4 teaspoons of the olive oil. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and the edges are starting to brown, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to the bowl with the sausage.

Set the same pan over medium heat and warm the remaining 2 tsp olive oil. Add the onion and cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the wine, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring to scrape up any brown bits. Cook until the liquid is almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.

In the bowl with the eggplant and sausage, add the cooked pasta, basil, olives, 2 cups of the mozzarella and the tomato sauce and mix to combine; season with salt and pepper.

Transfer this mixture to a 9X13” lightly oiled baking dish (or the oven proof 12 inch fry pan). Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella and the parmesan cheese on top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and broil for 2-4 minutes, keeping a close eye, until the cheese is lightly golden.

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