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Ziti, Sausage, and Peppers, Baked with Mozzarella Casserole


Since Labor Day is upon us and I have to work the next two days, I thought I would make a meal ahead of time so when I get home, here is a great meal and taste even better reheated! After seeing I had some leftover sausage and tomato sauce, here's what I did!

3 large red or green bell peppers cut up in long slices
1 lb baby bella mushrooms optional
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ziti or your favorite pasta
4 cups of tomato sauce homemade or bottled
1 1/2 cups  whole milk shredded mozzarella
3 large links of  homemade Italian sausage cooked and sliced into bite size pieces or store bought
red pepper flakes
parsley
grated Romano cheese
a fresh loaf of sliced Italian bread

Cook pasta in  salted boiling water till al dente. Drain. Spray a 3 to 4 quart baking casserole with cooking oil. Add pasta to the dish.
In a seperate small fry pan, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, saute garlic, mushrooms and peppers till soft around 4 to 5 minutes. Drain oil off or just place on a paper towel to saturate. Place peppers on top of the pasta in the casserole. Add sausage. Pour sauce on top of pasta, sausage and peppers. Top with mozzarella and grating cheese. Bake until cheese browns around 1/2 hour, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parsley,  if preferred.   Serve with fresh Italian bread and more grating cheese.


24 comments:

  1. My husbands family is from Pennsylvania and they love, adore and cook for every occasion - sausage and peppers....and it's delicious!

    GREAT recipe, Thanks! Have a GREAT weekend!

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  2. Got me worried for a moment when I saw ziti..but see any pasta is ok.:) You know I love dishes from teh oven,and with ingredients like this what can go wrong:)

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  3. With these ingredients, this has got to be outstanding.

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  4. Sausages and peppers are perfect together in a casserole. This looks comforting and tasty.

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  5. This recipe is a perfect reflection of the cooking principles I espouse: find what you have; make something special out of it. Homemade sausage? I am impressed.

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  6. OMG!!! What a wonderful and rich pasta. I love ziti, I'm mouthwatering :D! Bye bye, have a great Sunday

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  7. Wonderful dish. I love ziti, in fact I just sent to buy some now! This recipe is great, I am sure we will enjoy it very much at home. Have a great Sunday!

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  8. That looks yummy. I love to make baked pastas. They are a real comfort food.

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  9. I love sausage and peppers. Baking this with cheese and ziti just makes it a great dish.

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  10. What an outstanding dish. I have a gang here who will devour this. It is a great recipe. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  11. They say "ask a busy person" and you get results. This dish would please everyone in my home - especially now that the weather has cooled and the peppers are still fresh!

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  12. I love baked pasta dishes. They're great make ahead dishes and the left overs are perfect for lunch. I'm not sure there would be any leftovers of this though!

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  13. What a delicious casserole - very comforting! I hope you have a bit of down time after work to enjoy the holiday! xoxo

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  14. Casserole dish is the best. This one got all the flavors and ingredients I like. This will taste better as it aged.

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  15. Love this version of ziti, it looks amazing.

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  16. Claudia, this looks so good! I totally just want to dig into that cheese on top!! And what a great idea to make this ahead of time for a weeknight meal!

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  17. Claudia-delicious one dish italian meal. Love the fact that you can prepare in advance. Great post. Have wonderful labor day!

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  18. Dear Claudia, Sounds perfect and comforting and I agree it does taste even better left over and re-heated.
    Have a great day! Catherine xo

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  19. Fantastic looking casserole, I love baked ziti and especially enjoy them the next day :)

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  20. Looks perfect, Claudia! I know my hubby would just love this.

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  21. Yummy dish to usher in the fall season.

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  22. Just love sausage and ziti, homey comfort food!

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  23. I am wishing this was on our table tonight! Looks delicious!

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