BAKED ZITI

Recipe: Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs ziti regate Kosher salt for seasoning
  • 5 cups of Tracy’s meatless gravy (see Tracy’s meatless gravy recipe) *
  • 1lb of fresh mozzarella- cubed
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 ½ cups fresh grated parmesan cheese- divided
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 11/2 lbs cooked Hot Italian sausage– cut into circular slices

Instructions

Preheat the over to 400 degrees F

In a large stock pot bring enough water to cook the pasta and season the water with kosher salt. Cook the pasta to the packages specifications, drain and place in a very large mixing bowl and add the meatless sauce. If you have a frozen meatless tomato sauce, bring to room temp or warm slightly before adding the 5 cups to the cooked pasta. Cube the fresh mozzarella and add all of it to the bowl. Then add only 1 cup of the grated parmesan cheese along with the black pepper and crushed red pepper. Add all the sliced cooked Italian sausage and using a large spoon, stir all the ingredients together to combine. Grease a 9x13x2 ½ inch baking dish and place it on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Pour the ingredients in the bowl into the baking dish and then add 1 cup of the grated mozzarella. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese and bake for 45-60 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you desire a brown crust turn the broiler on for 3 minutes to brown the cheese.

Quick Notes

*Great dish to make if you have left over Italian sausage

Variations

*If you are using a store bought tomato sauce you may need to season it with minced garlic that has been sauted in a little olive oil. Tracy’s meatless gravy has 15 cloves of garlic and a lot of flavor which is key to this dish.

Meal type: dinner

Culinary tradition: Italian

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Recipe by yumm yumm yumm.
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