the kitchen at Almira
ounce) package dry Ziti pasta
1 lb mild
ounce) container ricotta cheese
yellow onion, minced
Teaspoons minced garlic
Teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 (26
ounce) jars spaghetti sauce, divided
ounce) package shredded Italian cheese
Teaspoon dried basil
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees
9x13 inch baking dish.
Fill 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.
Stir 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
In 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.
Bake 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