Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tasty Tuesday - Pasta Bake

My all-time favorite pasta recipe is the Baked Ziti recipe found on the back of the San Giorgio pasta box at my grocery store.  It's really, really delicious and turns out perfect everytime!  But then, on one of our trips to Houston, Isaac and I had this "Baked Rigatoni" that we both loved - which was basically baked ziti with spicy Italian sausage.  So I modified the pasta box recipe and came up with this dish.  It's easy, quick, and is perfect for making if you are taking a meal to someone. (which was the case for me - come back tomorrow to read about why I needed to take a meal to some folks in my life!)

My Ingredients:
1 lb of pasta (I like shells because they're cute!)
1 lb of spicy Italian sausage
1 jar of sauce (I use Vodka Sauce to make it creamier)
15 oz ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded Italian cheese
1 egg
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
mozzarella cheese

Brown the sausage in about a cup of water (it helps prevent burning).

Boil the pasta to al dente.

Cut the sausage into bite-sized pieces.

Drain the pasta and add the hot pasta to all the other ingredients except the mozzarella cheese.

Stir all the ingredients together in a LARGE bowl.

Spread the pasta mixture in a 13x9 pan and cover with mozzarella cheese.

You can then put it in a 375 oven for about 30 minutes.  If you're taking the meal to someone else, cover it in foil and take it unbaked so they can cook it whenever it is needed!  It also freezes well!


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  1. It sure was delicious - and we still have some!! Thanks!! :)

  2. I can see why you like it! Baked ziti is the best!