Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage
Looking to break away from your typical spaghetti dinner?
Need something simple and tasty to serve on a school night?
Want a dish that will impress everyone at the table as soon as they take their first bite?
Baked ziti with italian sausage is the perfect choice for you!
A Little History
Baked ziti, or “ziti al forno” has an interesting history.
From as early as the renaissance, baked ziti was served to nobles at ceremonies and celebrations.
It’s a popular food for southern Italian wedding receptions, too, even today.
In fact, the word “ziti” comes from the word “zite”, which means “fiancee”.
And, for many of us nothing says “love” quite like a good pasta dish!
The Health Benefits of this Meal
Don’t fall into the misguided mindset that all pasta creations are unhealthy.
Remember, everything in moderation.
There’s only 8 oz of pasta in this dish that easily serves eight people.
One of the three cheeses used in the dish is Ricotta.
This cheese is a great source of protein, vitamins A and B, as well as calcium and zinc.
And it’s notably low in sodium.
Buy Italian sausage that’s fresh made in the store and you’ll bypass most of the extra additives that you don’t need in your diet.
Preparing Your Ziti
And the good news is this.
There are no master culinary skills needed to prepare this casserole of comfort.
It includes a flavorful tomato sauce layered with Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella.
These fabulous ingredients are layered into a casserole dish and baked for 20-30 minutes or until it begins to bubble.
As for the tomato sauce, my recipe includes instructions for a very simple sauce that will make your mouth water.
Or, use your own sauce recipe if you have a favorite.
To make this yummy dish on a busy weeknight, simmer your sauce on the weekend and keep it refrigerated until you assemble the casserole.
Or, hey, don’t feel guilty about buying a jarred sauce if you’re in a time crunch.
Just read the label and choose a sauce that has the fewest number of additives and preseratives as possible.
Is there a rumble in your tummy yet?