Baked 3-Cheese Ziti

[ 0 ] February 18, 2009 |

Baked 3-Cheese Ziti

1 pkg. Italian turkey sausage (casing should be removed, crumbled and cooked)
3 cup ziti (cooked and drained)
1 (15 oz.) container Ricotta cheese
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (8 oz.) package Mozzarella cheese
1 cup finely chopped onions (sauteed to soften)
1 tsp. minced garlic

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sausage, ziti, Ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, onions, garlic and half of the Mozzarella cheese; slightly stir to blend. Spoon mixture into a 2 qt. casserole dish and drizzle tomato sauce on top. Top with remaining cheese; cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Uncover and bake for about 5-7 minutes or until cheese has melted. Serve.

*Johnna’s tip: Italian comfort food and the winter time. What a combination?! You can always count on pasta to do the job when you’ve had a bad day, need some comforting from all the cold weather or just in need of some TLC (*TLC=Tender Loving Care;-). The good thing about ziti or pretty much any pasta is that you can do anything you pretty much want to make it your own. If you like spinach, for example, add in about a cup of freshly chopped spinach to this recipe. Comfort food is all about food that makes you happy and feel good…so comfort yourself with your favorite things!

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Category: baked, cultural cooking, main dish

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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