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Skillet-Baked Ziti with Sausage

This is another awesome recipe from America’s Test Kitchen’s Pasta Revolution cookbook.  That is definitely one of our favorite cookbook purchases.

Total cooking time: About an hour

28 oz can Whole peeled Tomatoes
1 lb Hot Italian Sausage (no casings)
6 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
3 cups Water
12 oz Ziti, uncooked
1/2 cup Heavy cream
1 oz (1/2 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh Basil, chopped
4 oz low moisture Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions: Adjust the oven rack to the middle. Preheat oven to 475 F.

  • Pulse the Tomatoes in food processor.
  • In and oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat (setting 7), cook sausage, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4-6 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in processed tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt. Reduce heat to medium-low (setting 3-4) and simmer gently, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Stir in water and pasta. Cover and increase heat (back to 6 or 7) and cok at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until pasta is tender, about 15-18 minutes.
  • Stir in cream, Parmesan, and Basil, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sprinkle Mozzarella over top.
  • Transfer, uncovered, into the oven and bake until cheese has melted and browned, about 10-15 minutes.

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I am a wife, a fur-mom, an avid reader, and a volunteer. For my grown-up work I'm an APRN at a local children's hospital. For fun I foster kittens and their mamas for a local animal shelter.

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