QUICK BAKED SAUSAGE AND MUSHROOM ZITI
Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total time: 35 minutes Makes: 4 to 6 servings
We’ve achieved a faster weeknight-friendly version of this classic Sunday casserole by keeping the ingredients simple and baking the pasta at a high temperature for less time.
400 g mild Italian sausage, casings
1 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pkg (227 g) cremini mushrooms,
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
¼ tsp hot pepper flakes
1 bottle (680 ml) strained tomatoes
400 g ziti
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
In Dutch oven or large heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook sausage over medium heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate. Set aside.
Drain fat from pan. Heat oil over medium heat; cook onion and mushrooms, stirring often and scraping up browned bits, until softened and no liquid remains, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, Italian seasoning and hot pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in sausage and strained tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, in large saucepan of boiling lightly salted water, cook pasta until slightly undercooked, about 2 minutes less than package instructions. Reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, drain.
Stir pasta, 3 tbsp of the basil, 2 tbsp of the parsley and the reserved cooking liquid into sauce; cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Scrape into lightly greased 8-cup casserole dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake in 400°F oven until mozzarella is melted, about 3 minutes. Broil until mozzarella is golden and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining basil and parsley.
PER EACH OF 6 SERVINGS: about 515 cal, 26 g pro, 19 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 60 g carb (4 g dietary fibre, 6 g sugar), 43 mg chol, 858 mg sodium, 477 mg potassium. % RD I: 17% calcium, 26% iron, 6% vit A, 22% vit C, 75% folate.