Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ziti, Sausage, and Peppers, Baked with Mozzarella Casserole

Since Labor Day is upon us and I have to work the next two days, I thought I would make a meal ahead of time so when I get home, here is a great meal and taste even better reheated! After seeing I had some leftover sausage and tomato sauce, here's what I did!

3 large red or green bell peppers cut up in long slices
1 lb baby bella mushrooms optional
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ziti or your favorite pasta
4 cups of tomato sauce homemade or bottled
1 1/2 cups  whole milk shredded mozzarella
3 large links of  homemade Italian sausage cooked and sliced into bite size pieces or store bought
red pepper flakes
grated Romano cheese
a fresh loaf of sliced Italian bread

Cook pasta in  salted boiling water till al dente. Drain. Spray a 3 to 4 quart baking casserole with cooking oil. Add pasta to the dish.
In a seperate small fry pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, saute garlic, mushrooms and peppers till soft around 4 to 5 minutes. Drain oil off or just place on a paper towel to saturate. Place peppers on top of the pasta in the casserole. Add sausage. Pour sauce on top of pasta, sausage and peppers. Top with mozzarella and grating cheese. Bake until cheese browns around 1/2 hour, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parsley,  if preferred.   Serve with fresh Italian bread and more grating cheese.

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