Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage


INGREDIENTS

1 16 ounce package of ziti pasta

1 green bell pepper, sliced in strips

1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced in strips

1 small box of mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup red onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pound Italian pork sausage cut in small bites

1 jar of marinara sauce, or your own sauce, totaling 2 cups**

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Italian Seasonings (To your taste)

1 large carton of Ricotta cheese

1 egg

1 pound combined Mozzarella and Italian cheeses shredded (You may use any flavor combination that you enjoy)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS



1. In a large pot, bring lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook for 8 minutes to al dente, drain and rinse pasta.

2. In a medium skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil and cook sausage. Drain and set aside. If needed, add a little more olive oil to the pan, and sauté peppers, onion, garlic and mushrooms.

3. In a large bowl, mix one egg, ricotta cheese, mozzarella and Italian cheese, ziti, sausage, vegetables and 1 1/2 cups marinara or spaghetti sauce. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top with reserved sauce and Parmesan cheese. ** To make this lighter, you may omit or cut back on the marinara sauce. I now make mine with just 1/2 cup marinara.

4 Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow dish to stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.