Monday, February 4, 2013

Baked Sausage Ziti

Hands down my favorite pasta dinner dish!  It's filled with cheese, what's not to love?  This is also my favorite freezer meal to prepare, here is the link to my previous post on freezer meals.  For about $12 I have 4 dinners with bread freezer pans, 2 if I use 8x8 freezer pans. 

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1 box ziti
  • 2 jars favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 8 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 bag Italian style cheese
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil

Directions:  Bring large pot of water to boil.  Add pasta and cook for 7-8 minutes until al dente. Drain and add back to pot with olive oil. In a large skillet brown onion and sausage over medium heat.  Stir in spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, seasonings, and add sauce to noodles.  Spray casserole dish or freezer tins with cooking spray. Layer as directed:  1/4 Pasta mixture, 4 slices provolone cheese, 1/2 sour cream, Italian cheese, 1/4 noodle mixture, and top with itialian cheese. (These instructions are for 2 8x8 pans)  If cooking the same day bake covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for 5-10 minutes.


To freeze:  Cover with tin foil, label and freeze. Defrost completely before baking and bake as directed above.

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