Sausage and Basil Baked Ziti

Give traditional baked ziti an update with some help from Johnsonville! This meal hits all the right notes for authentic Italian cuisine[: a delicious selection of cheeses, a bold sauce and a hearty helping of pasta. Using Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage gives this meal a nice addition of perfectly seasoned pork, and Classico's Tomato and Basil Sauce is a great time-saver for a fantastic sauce. Combine these greats together, and you've got a new family favorite.]

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 package (19 ounces) Johnsonville® Fresh Italian Mild Sausage Links, casings removed or (16 ounces) Johnsonville® All Natural Fresh Italian Mild Ground Sausage
  • 8 ounce ziti or penne pasta (about 3 cups)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) Classico® Tomato and Basil Sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Directions
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.

  • Stir in tomato and basil sauce; heat through and set aside.

  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

  • Fold pasta into cheese mixture.

  • In a greased 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking dish, layer half of the pasta mixture and half of the meat sauce. Repeat layers.

  • Cover and bake at 350°F for 20 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.

  • Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

  • Sprinkle with basil.


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