Baked Ziti w/ Chicken Sausage Balls

3 Dec

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1 lb ziti pasta, cooked al dente

1 lb hot Italian chicken sausage, formed into balls and pan-fried

1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

1 egg

2 tablespoons parsley

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp dried basic

dash of red pepper

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided

1/4 cup p Parmesan cheese

28 ounce red sauce, divided

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

Cook ziti according to package directions; drain; set aside.

Mix ricotta, egg, parsley, basil, red pepper, oregeno, 1-1/2 cups of the mozarella cheese, and parmesan cheese in a large bowl.

Mix cooked sausage and pasta in with ricotta mixture.

Mix in 3/4 jar of sauce.

Transfer mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Top with the rest of the sauce and mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

To freeze: Cover dish with foil and freeze. When frozen you can pop it out of the container and put in a freezer bag if desired.

To heat: Thaw. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10-15 minutes more.

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