Family-Style Easy Baked Zitti
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Family-Style Easy Baked Zitti


Family-Style Easy Baked Zitti

2-12 ounce bags of zitti or penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds ground Italian sausage
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
Salt and pepper, to taste
5-6 cups marinara sauce, (about two 24 oz jars)
2 1/2 cups fresh ricotta (about 18 ounces)
1 pound mozzarella, shredded

Equipment: American Kitchen 8-quart stainless steel stockpot, American Kitchen 12-inchnonstick frying pan, American Kitchen 12-inch cast aluminum square roaster


1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Meanwhile bring an 8-quart stainless steel stockpot of salted water to a boil. Add the ziti to the pot, bring back to the boil, cooking until al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. While the pasta boils, add olive oil to a 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium heat, then add the onion and garlic, sautéing until browned.
3. Add the Italian sausage and red pepper and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring to break up the meat with a spoon, until the meat is fully cooked through.
4. Add the marinara sauce to the pan and bring to a simmer for about 3 minutes.
5. In a separate bowl, combine the pasta with the meat sauce and toss till well coated. Add the ricotta in large dollops, stirring gently to leave it in large clumps.
6. Pour half of the pasta into the Cast Aluminum 12-inch Square Roaster. Top it with half of the of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with the remaining pasta and cheese.
7. Bake the pasta, uncovered, on the top rack of the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let the rest for about 5-10 minutes before serving.


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