Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage - KHGI-TV/KWNB-TV/KHGI-CD-Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings

Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 3/4 lbs. uncooked turkey sausage, spicy-variety, casings removed   
  • 1 medium onion, chopped   
  • 1 medium green peppers, chopped   
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes   
  • 10-oz. frozen green peas, thawed   
  • 2 Tbsp canned tomato paste   
  • 1 tsp dried oregano   
  • 1 tsp dried basil   
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme   
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed   
  • 1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste   
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground   
  • 12 oz. uncooked whole-wheat pasta, ziti, cooked according to package directions   
  • 6 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

Crumble sausage meat into a large saucepan and brown over medium heat, stirring often, about 4 minutes.

Drain off any fat, then add the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, peas, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in cooked pasta and half the cheese. Spread evenly into a 9x13-inch baking pan. Top evenly with remaining cheese.

Bake until cheese has melted and casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing into 8 pieces.

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