Recipe courtesy of Johnsonville Sausages

Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Any dinner table benefits from the addition of this great Italian flavor!
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
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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

  1. Cook sausage links according to package directions; drain, cut into ¼-inch slices.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sausage slices, pasta, pasta sauce, water, basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pepper and mix well. 
  3. Spoon mixture into a greased 9-in. x 13-in. x 2-in. baking dish. 
  4. Arrange garlic bread slices on top of meat mixture. 
  5. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese. 
  6. In a small bowl, dip tomato slices into olive oil. 
  7. Place one slice of tomato on each piece of bread. 
  8. Bake uncovered, at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. 
  9. Garnish with basil leaves. Serve.
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