Monday, August 2, 2010

Beautiful Baked Ziti

This recipe is from Johnsonville Sausage. It really is pleasing to the eye...and tummy.

1 pkg Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage, cooked according to package directions and coin sliced. (we actually have used ground beef or ground Italian Sausage instead, browned and drained)
8 oz penne or rigatoni dry pasta, cooked according to package directions
1 jar pasta sauce
3/4 c water
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
1/2 c shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 pkg frozen garlic bread, thawed and sliced into 12 slices (we use fresh french bread instead)
3 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c olive oil
12 fresh whole basil leaves
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced into 12 slices

In a large bowl, mix sausage, pasta, sauce, water, chopped basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pepper. Toss gently. Place mixture into a greased 9 X 13 pan. Place twelve slices of garlic bread on top of mixture and cover with mozzarella. Dip tomato in olive oil and place on each bread slice. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until heated through. Tuck basil leaf slightly under each tomato. Let stand ten minutes to help set before slicing and serving.

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