Easy and suprisingly good. Not sure where the basic recipe idea came from, but it has been a "no time to cook" favorite of my family for a long time. This works well without the ricotta, but better with. The spicy hot links are the key ingredient. We have made this with hot Italian sausage, but the unique "personality" of the dish is altered. It also takes time to cook the the Italian sausage before adding to the sauce. The hot links can be found in the packaged meat section of the grocery store. More info on the hot links can be found on the Hillshire Farm web site (good recipe source). HINT:The hot links can be cubed and frozen in good zip lock bags so they are ready for those "unexpected guests for dinner" situations.