Italian Sausage Bake

Recipe by Snowpuma
READY IN: 45mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 8
    ounces ziti pasta (or similar pasta cooked according to package)
  • 2
    teaspoons olive oil
  • 12
    onion, diced
  • 12
    ounces mild Italian sausage (I remove from casings)
  • 1
    teaspoon garlic, diced (I recommend 1 tsp but like garlic a lot so go with what you prefer)
  • 14
    teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
  • 1
    teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 6
    ounces sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 2
    (15 ounce) containers of favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 12
    cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2
    tablespoons parmesan cheese (fresh shredded works best) or 2 tablespoons romano cheese (fresh shredded works best)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400 F and grease 13x9-in baking dish.
  • Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  • Heat Oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté until slightly transparent.
  • Add sausage and cook stirring frequently to break up, cook until no longer pink.
  • Add garlic, fennel, Italian seasoning and mushrooms.
  • Stir frequently and cook until mushrooms are tender.
  • Add sauce, stirring to mix, cook until sauce is heated through. Remove from heat.
  • Add to prepared baking dish and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and parmesan/romano cheese.
  • Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  • Cool approximately 5 Minutes.
  • To freeze ahead prepare as above but do not bake.
  • Cover and freeze up to 2 months.
  • Thaw overnight in refrigerator.
  • Preheat oven to 400F and bake 25 to 35 minutes.
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