Kielbasa Pasta Casserole
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- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 16 ounces dry ziti pasta
- 1 lb Polish sausage, sliced diagonally
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 (14 1/2 ounce) cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes
- 3 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
- 8 ounces shredded monterey jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
- Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes over mediun-high heat or until al dente.
- Drain Pasta.
- In a mediun skillet over medium-high heat, Cook sausage in oil until browned on both sides, 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine Ziti,sausage,stewed tomatoes,tomato sauce,oregano,parsley and pepper.
- Mix well.
- Pour into 9x13 baking dish.
- Sprinkle with bread crumbs and shredded cheese.
- Cover with foil (the new Release foil works great).
- Bake 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake 10 to 15 minutes more, until top is golden.
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This is a nice, quick alternative to Ziti! So easy to put together and has a very nice flavor! If you have no Monterey Jack Cheese on hand, Mozzarella or Provolone, I'm sure would work wonderfully with this! Serve it with a tossed green salad and crispy bread. Thanks, Barb, we certainly did enjoy our supper this evening!
The family liked it well enough but felt that the amounts of stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce were overkill, drowning the small amount of pasta and keilbasa the recipe called for...Or perhaps we simply prefer our pasta dishes a little less overwhelmed with it's sauce...UPDATE: This 'casserole' is an excellent candidate for OAMC use...We adjusted the recipe to our taste, doubled the recipe, ate one and froze one...The following week the frozen batch was thawed in the fridge 24 hours in advance and then baked per the recipe's instructions...It survived the freezing process and reheated well...Thank you for showing us a new variation of a Ziti Bake!
This is a nice spin on baked ziti. It has a lot of tomato sauce, which I like - I hate dry ziti. Next time I will use crushed tomatoes, however, because I didn't really care for the big tomato chunks in the stewed. I used 4 tsp of dried parsley instead of the 1/4 cup of fresh. Next time I'll add some garlic to the sauce. In order to ensure you don't get a bite without kielbasa, go ahead and add extra. But be careful, this fills a standard 13x9 pan to the tippy top and mine over-flowed; if you add extra stuff, you might need a bigger pan!
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Made this today for a church social and it was a success. Had to make a few modifications in my dish though. I used penne pasta instead of zita and I didn't have any tomato sauce so I used a 28 oz can of spaghetti sauce instead. Everyone enjoyed it and there were NO left overs. Will have to make this again for the family at home.
Yum! This was really great for a throw-together after work type of meal... very quick and easy. I made a few substitutions for what I had on hand. I used one jar of spaghetti sauce in place of the 3 8oz cans of tomato sauce, and I used a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes in place of the stewed tomatoes. Even with these changes, this was delicious. I served it with a ceasar salad, garlic bread, and of course, Red Wine!!! Thanks for a great recipe Barb!