This is a household favorite! And better yet, easy to make! I love a one dish dinner, just add a loaf of crunchy bread and a salad and your meal is complete!
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 pound Ziti Pasta
1 Pound Italian Sausage (ground) choose mild or hot based on your preference
3 & 1/2 Cups Marinara Sauce
3 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1 inch cubes and then slice in half (so you have thin pieces)
Salt (1 tsp to boil in water)
Fresh Black Pepper (1 tsp)
WHAT YOU DO:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Boil salted water and cook pasta until al dente (tender but still slightly firm) drain and place in a large bowl, allowing to cool for a few minutes.
Cook sausage in a skillet until no longer pink, drain off any fat and add to bowl with pasta.
Add the marinara, 1 cup of mozzarella, the mozzarella cheese cubes and season with black pepper
Toss everything in the bowl together until combined well
Transfer pasta mixture to a 9x13 baking dish (oiled or sprayed with cooking spray)
Add remaining mozzarella evenly over pasta
Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and slightly browned on top