Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Any dinner table benefits from the addition of this great Italian flavor!

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
40 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
9 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 package (19 ounces) Johnsonville Italian Sweet Sausage Links
  • 8 ounces penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups), cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen garlic bread, ends removed and cut into 9 slices
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, cut into slices
  • 9 fresh basil leaves
Directions
  • Cook sausage links according to package directions; drain, cut into ¼-inch slices.

  • In a large bowl, combine sausage slices, pasta, pasta sauce, water, basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pepper and mix well.

  • Spoon mixture into a greased 9-in. x 13-in. x 2-in. baking dish.

  • Arrange garlic bread slices on top of meat mixture.

  • Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.

  • In a small bowl, dip tomato slices into olive oil.

  • Place one slice of tomato on each piece of bread.

  • Bake uncovered, at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

  • Garnish with basil leaves. Serve.


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