Baked Ziti With Sausage and Rapini

"I love rapini, also known as broccoli rabe, and I am always looking for new ways to use it. This recipe by Christine Cushing can be baked in the oven topped with cheese, or just served right out of the pot."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a large skillet or saucepan.
  • Add the sausage and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the mushrooms, onions and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 more minutes.
  • Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the flavour has developed to your liking.
  • Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, cook the ziti in boiling salted water, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the rapini and cook for an additional 2 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.
  • Drain the pasta and rapini.
  • Transfer to a large casserole dish and cover with the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cheese is all bubbly and golden.

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<p>I live with my husband, four cats, and a sweet mutt named Jada in Scarborough, Ontario, where I work as an elementary school administrative assistant. I have a 31 year old daughter who lives with her boyfriend in nearby Don Mills, along with my sweet granddogs, Frankie and Turbo. I would have to say that my passion is animals, since I have so many of them! <br /><img src= alt= /> <br /><img src= alt= /> <br /><img src= alt= /> <br /><br />If I had a month off work to do what I please, I would first catch up on my sleep and then just have fun - see a few movies and maybe take a couple of short trips - something that wouldn't break the bank - lol!</p>
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