Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage

7
Total Time
50 min
Prep
15 min
Cook
35 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Here's a comfort-food classic, a dish that's sure to get everyone to the table the minute it comes out of the oven.

Ingredients

uncooked turkey sausage(s)

¾ pound(s), spicy-variety, casings removed

uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

green pepper(s)

1 medium, chopped

canned diced tomatoes

28 oz

frozen green peas

10 oz, thawed

canned tomato paste

2 Tbsp

dried oregano

1 tsp

dried basil

1 tsp

dried thyme

½ tsp

fennel seed

½ tsp

table salt

½ tsp, or to taste

black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

uncooked whole wheat pasta

12 oz, ziti, cooked according to package directions

shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

6 oz

Instructions

  1. Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Crumble the sausage meat into a large saucepan and brown over medium heat, stirring often, about 4 minutes.
  3. Drain off any fat, then add the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the 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.
  5. Stir in the cooked pasta and half the cheese. Spread evenly into a 9- X 13-inch baking pan. Top evenly with the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake until the cheese has melted and the casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing into 8 pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.

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