My family loves baked ziti and I was craving comfort casserole. This recipe feeds many so cut in half or make 2 portions and freeze one. Make it meatless and leave the sausage out.
2 pounds of ground italian sausage, I used sweet
1 package of chopped peppers, I purchased these in the produce department
1 cup onion, chopped
1 16 ounce box of ziti
2 jars of your favorite marinara (spaghetti) sauce, use what you need. I had about a half a jar leftover
1 32 ounce container of ricotta cheese
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese (the dry kind that you shake out)
3 Tablespoons chopped parsley
1 package/container Parmesan shreds (grated)
2 pounds grated mozzarella cheese
In a skillet, brown sausage with peppers and onions. While your sausage is cooking, you can boil the ziti noodles. Cook according to package directions. Drain grease from sausage and drain pasta. Put pasta in a bowl and toss with a small amount of marinara sauce. Set both aside.
In a medium size bowl, add ricotta, eggs, dry Parmesan and parsley and mix thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
I used a large 9 x 15 casserole dish, prepare with nonstick cooking spray. Spread some marinara sauce on the bottom of casserole dish.
Layer half of your ziti in the bottom of your pan. Add a layer of the ricotta mixture and top ricotta with the sausage and peppers.
Top sausage and peppers with marinara sauce and grated Parmesan.
Add half of your mozzarella cheese on top of the Parmesan cheese.
Repeat layers. Bake 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Serve with a salad, garlic bread and glass of vino. Manga! Enjoy!