Baked ziti deserves a better rep. We gave it a makeover with sausage we make in our kitchen, a quick and simple roasted garlic tomato sauce, and two (!) fresh cheeses baked together into creamy, comforting bliss.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook half of the package of pasta for 10 minutes, until al dente. (One minute less than package suggests, so it is slightly undercooked.)
While the pasta is cooking, heat a large oven-safe fry pan or wide dutch oven over medium heat (you’ll need a pan large enough to hold all the pasta and sauce). Add Italian sausage, breaking it apart with a spoon, and fry until browned, 3-5 minutes.
Once sausage is cooked, add the entire can of crushed tomatoes to the same pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
Turn heat down to low and add cooked pasta, shredded mozzarella, ricotta, and a good pinch of salt and black pepper. Stir together to incorporate.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese and sauce are bubbling!
Roughly chop parsley and sprinkle over ziti to serve.
½ spring green salad mix
½ lemon vinaigrette