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Splendid recipe, with true italian technique! I made this ziti dish during a mountain vacation with my family in Colorado. Everyone loved it and was going back for seconds. The dish is moderately spicy, so if you have any low-heat tolerant eaters you may want to cut back on the spice. The only thing I would change would be to put the basil in near the final stages of cooking the sauce, otherwise you may lose that delicious basil taste!

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ipolitik July 23, 2013

This is fantastic. My kids aren't big on lasagna because of the ricotta so this was a perfect alternative. I love the combination of sweet and hot sausage and the pepper flakes. After I started putting the recipe together I realized that my parm was not usable. No worries, I'm not sure we even missed it.

Will definitely make again

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karen_probasco_1454060 December 29, 2011

My family loved this recipe! I used generic tomatoes and it turned out wonderfully! My husband loved the spicy kick from the red peppers!

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azaleab October 31, 2011

This was a huge hit with my family. The only changes that I made were to use Contadina brand tomato products instead of Marzano since I had those on hand. Next time I will try it with the Marzano brand, but I can't imagine it being any better! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

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Kit_Kat March 20, 2008

I don't eat meat, so I made a vegetarian version of this (with a little extra fresh mozzarella and sauce instead of sausage), and it was fantastic. I'm Italian and difficult to please, but this one is great and my dinner guests loved it too! I love the fresh mozzarella in there. Next time I may add some fresh chopped mushrooms to the onions instead of the meat.

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justinecolombo December 24, 2007

I made this to add to our Christmas dinner for our Italian SIL. It was very good and much better than I have had before, but it was way too hot. The chilren could not eat it. Next time I will omit the hot sausages. I really didn't expect them to add that much heat. Also with the leftovers, I added one can of diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, and this was even better! Thank you agentseven!

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Chef Mommie December 28, 2006

Okay, I made a few changes but the results were still very tasty. I used ground sirloin instead of sausage because although my kid likes Italian sausage, she doesn't like it IN things. I also used puree instead of whole tomatoes that I pureed because same kid will eat sauce but not "chunks" of tomato. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and was very pleased with the outcome. I had always made a ziti bake using jarred sauce, but this had such a lovely flavor that I won't be doing that again. Thanks!

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HEP MEP December 13, 2006
Authentic Baked Ziti