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    Baked Ziti and Italian Sausage

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    1 hr 40 mins

    15 mins

    1 hr 25 mins

    breezermom's Note:

    This is different from the other Baked Ziti's has no tomato sauce or tomatoes! I have to admit, I sometimes increase the sausage to 1 1/2 lbs, especially if I have a teenage boy eating!

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    1. 1
      Cook the ziti according to the package directions. Drain well and set aside.
    2. 2
      Cook the sausage links in oil in a large skillet for 15 minutes or until browned over medium heat; reduce heat if necessary to keep them from burning. Drain well on paper towels. Slice the sausage diagonally and set aside.
    3. 3
      Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; add the flour, stirring until smooth. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Add the ziti; stir well, and set aside.
    4. 4
      Combine the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, ricotta (or cottage cheese), egg, parsley, 1 tsp salt, and 1/8 tsp pepper. Stir well.
    5. 5
      Place half of the macaroni mixture in a lightly greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Top with the ricotta cheese mixture and half of the sausage. Top with the remaining ziti mixture and sausages. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and paprika.
    6. 6
      Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 10, 2011


      I loved this recipe! I really love white sauces, so I knew this would be right up my alley. I did use 1 1/2 pounds of sausage for my family since I live with three guys with big appetites. :) It is delicious and I will make it again and again.

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    • on June 09, 2011


      Yum! I have to admit that I messed up right from the beginning. I needed to brown some Italian sausage for another recipe so browned all of it. Then discovered that I wasn't supposed to for this recipe, lol. It certainly didn't change the flavor, but did change the presentation. Anyway, I used hot sausage and ricotta and loved all of the cheesy goodness. Thanks breezermom for an easy and tasty meal. Made for ZWT7 for the Emerald City Shakers.

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    • on August 24, 2014


      This was quite good. Mine too only about 45 minutes to bake, and the cheese was too browned, so I sprinkled a fresh layer of cheese on top, and it was just fine. The ricotta adds a nice (and filling) touch to this dish. I made it exactly as written without any changes, and I'd make it that way again without hesitation. We all really enjoyed it. Thanks, breezermom. Made for 2014 Culinary Quest (Italy).

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Ziti and Italian Sausage

    Serving Size: 1 (248 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 616.3
    Calories from Fat 364
    Total Fat 40.5 g
    Saturated Fat 19.0 g
    Cholesterol 126.0 mg
    Sodium 1590.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 32.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
    Sugars 1.6 g
    Protein 30.0 g

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