Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage


  • 8 oz. dry ziti pasta, cooked, drained, and kept warm
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 12 oz. mild Italian sausage links, casings removed
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  • 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seed, (optional)
  • 2 (15-oz.) packages Marinara Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add mushrooms and fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.

Add pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

By Jodi from Aurora, CO


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