Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours (30 minutes active)
Tomato Sauce vs. Tomato Gravy
Put away your measuring cups and spoons – you won’t need them!
Baked Ziti with Tomato Gravy & Turkey Sausage
Cheesy, saucy, a little hot, a little sweet and warming on the chilliest of days!
- 2 28 oz. cans tomato puree I like Cento or Tuttorosso
- 1 large onion diced
- 1 12 oz. jar of sweet peppers diced
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- Good quality extra virgin olive oil
- 1 regular handful of dried basil
- 1 regular handful of dried oregano
- 1 large handful of dried parsley
- 1 small handful of sugar
- 1/2 a handful of salt
- 1/4 a handful of pepper
- 6 links of sweet Italian turkey sausage
- 6 links of hot Italian turkey sausage
The Baked Ziti
- 1 lb. of ziti or penne
- 16 oz. container of whole milk ricotta
- 16 oz. shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
- 1 large egg
- Coat the bottom of a large stockpot with extra virgin olive oil. Add diced onions and minced garlic and toss in the olive oil until coated. Set the pot to medium heat. Once the garlic and onions start to sizzle and soften, add the diced sweet peppers and stir to combine. Allow this mixture to soften, 2-3 minutes.
- Add tomato puree and spices and combine well. Lower heat to a simmer.
- Peel the casing off the sausage links and break into bite-sized pieces. Drop the pieces into the gravy. Cover and simmer for at least 2 hours, occasionally stirring gently.
- Boil the pasta for 8 minutes and drain.
- In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, egg and 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Add 3-4 cups of tomato gravy and sausage, depending on how saucy you like it. Add the cooked pasta.
- Pour the entire thing into a 9×12 baking dish. Dot with additional spoonfuls of gravy and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over top. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, until cheese is melted.
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