From the kitchen
1 (16 ounce)
package dry Ziti pasta
1 lb mild
1 (15 ounce)
container ricotta cheese
1 Large yellow
1 1/2 (26
ounce) jars spaghetti sauce, divided
1 (8 ounce)
package shredded Italian cheese blend
1. Preheat an
oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease a 9x13
inch baking dish.
a large pot with lightly salted water and bring
to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water
is boiling, stir in the Ziti, and return to a
boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring
occasionally, until the pasta has cooked
through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8
minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the
While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet
over medium heat. Add the sausage, and cook and
stir until brown, about 10 minutes. Drain
sausage and set aside.
together the ricotta, egg, onion, garlic, and
oregano in a large bowl until well combined.
Stir in the drained pasta, the drained sausage,
salt, and 1/2 jar of the spaghetti sauce and mix
the prepared baking dish, cover the bottom with
1/3 jar of spaghetti sauce. Layer 1/2 of the
pasta mixture, 1/3 jar of spaghetti sauce, and
1/2 of the shredded cheese. Then layer the
remaining 1/2 of the pasta, 1/3 of the sauce,
and 1/2 of the cheese. Sprinkle with basil.
Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
in the preheated oven until heated through,
about 20 minutes. Uncover; return to the oven
and bake until cheese is melted, 5 to 10 more