Easy Baked Ziti with Sausage and Mushrooms

Easy Baked Ziti with Sausage and Mushrooms

This baked ziti with sausage and mushrooms is major comfort food.

Baked Ziti with Sausage and Mushrooms
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ziti noodles
  • 1.5 lbs ground spicy or sweet Italian sausage (or removed from casings)
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 28 oz jar Rao's Marinara sauce
  • ½ cup grated Pecorino Romano (or Parmigiano Reggiano) cheese
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for serving
  • 8 oz whole milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the ziti according to the package directions for very al dente, about 7 minutes. (It will continue to cook in the oven so you want to under cook it just a bit.) Drain and add the pasta back to the pot. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425°F and set the oven rack in the middle position.
  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned and just cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked sausage to a plate. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan and set over low heat. Add the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute until soft but not brown.
  4. Add the Marinara sauce, ⅓ cup of the Pecorino Romano, cooked sausage, mushrooms, and basil to the pan; stir until evenly combined. Carefully pour the contents of the sauté pan into the large pot with the pasta and gently stir to combine.
  5. Spoon half of the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the shredded mozzarella and half of the remaining Pecorino Romano. Spoon the remaining pasta mixture on top and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano. Transfer to the oven and bake, uncovered, until the cheese has melted and browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with more basil and serve.