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Baked Ziti and Sausage Recipe
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Baked Ziti and Sausage Recipe

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This is my husband's favorite casserole, and he requests it often. He loves the combination of zesty Italian sausage and three types of cheese.—Christina Ingalls, Manhattan, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked ziti or other small tube pasta
  • 1/2 pound Johnsonville® Mild Italian Sausage Links links
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Paprika

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; place in a large bowl. In a small skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and cut into 1/2-in. slices.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Pour over pasta; toss to coat.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese, parsley, and remaining Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Spoon half of the pasta mixture into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with cottage cheese mixture. Add sausage to the remaining pasta mixture; spoon over the top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and paprika.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Baked Ziti and Sausage in Casserole Cookbook 2001, p84

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

Everyone loved this will definitely keep this one around great flavor easy to throw together!

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Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

When I made the white sauce I added some Hollandaise sauce leftover from breakfast and it was magnificent.

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Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

I have a large family so its easy to make and it feeds everyone.I love it.

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Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

The white sauce is a great change from regular baked ziti. Had a good taste.

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Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

I made this recipe with bulk Italian sausage instead of sausage links. Super Yummy! :D

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