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Lots of good ones here. Will be trying some out.

This is one I make when the kids are here.

Baked Ziti with Italian sausage

1 lb. ziti noodles

1.5 lbs. ground spicy or sweet Italian sausage

4 cloves garlic, minced

1- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1-1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for serving.

8 oz. whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded about 2 cups


Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook Ziti according to package directions for about 6 or 7 minutes. (it will continue to cook in oven so you want to undercook it just a bit. Drain and add pasta back to the pot and set aside.

 preheat oven to 425* and set oven rack in middle position

Heat a large saute' pan (preferable nonstick) over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into pan and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked sausage to a plate. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan and set over low heat. (if you don't have enough fat in pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil.  Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until soft but not browned, about 1 minute.  Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes.

Add the heavy cream, 1/3 cup of the Pecorino Romano, cooked sausage, and basil to the pan, stir until evenly combined. Carefully pour the contents of the saute pan into the large pot with the pasta and gently stir to combine. Spoon half of the mixture into a 9 x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella and half of the remaining Pecorino Romano cheese. Spoon the remaining pasta mixture on top and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese.  Transfer to oven and bake uncovered until the cheese has melted and browned. 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with more basil and serve. 

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