Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Basic Baked Ziti - Freezer Friendly!

I know that there are much more complicated (and probably better) recipes out there for Baked Ziti, but this is a basic recipe that always seems to be a hit, easy to throw together from the pantry and because I split the dish into two pans, the frozen pan in the freezer makes another night's easy dinner.

I don't add cheese to the noodles, mostly because there is another casserole I make with cheesey-noodley goodness (Triple Cheese Delight) and have another favorite skillet meal that is similar (Bowtie Lasagna). So this might not be totally authentic, but it is still good eats. You are more than welcome to top your casserole with shredded cheese, or throw some ricotta inside, I won't judge!

Basic Baked Ziti
Makes 8 servings
1 - 9 x 13 pan or 2 - 8x8 pans

1 pound ziti noodles
1 pound italian sausage (I like Turkey Italian Sausage or Hot Italian Sausage)
1 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Boil ziti noodles according to package directions in salted boiling water, drain, and set aside. Brown meat in a large saute pan, add spaghetti sauce and salt until warmed through. Add noodles and combine with sauce. Spoon into a greased baking dish and bake, covered with foil, for approx 30 mins. Top with parmesan cheese

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