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Baked Ziti with Italian Turkey Sausage and Sweet Peppers

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This dish is so simple.  I love the flavors of the sweet peppers and Italian sausage mixed together.  Use your favorite marinara sauce.   Serve along side a crispy green salad and some crusty french bread and you have a wonderful meal. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

Baked Ziti with Italian Turkey Sausage and Sweet Peppers

8 ounces dry ziti pasta, cooked, drained and kept warm        
2 teaspoons olive oil

1/2 medium sized onion, sliced thinbaked_ziti_sausage.jpg

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, sliced thin 
12 ounces mild Italian sausage links, casings removed
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced 

1/2 cup red wine 
1  large jar of favorite marinara sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese,
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese

  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees; grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add onions, peppers and mushrooms; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add 1/4 cup of wine, cook for approx. 1 min to deglaze the pan. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.
  3. Addpasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

About heylaydee

An average cook, an enthusiasm for experimenting and trying new things, is the reason for this blog. That and I found myself in the “empty nest” syndrome and needed an outlet. So I picked up the camera that was collecting dust, got out the pile of recipes, contacted friends and family for their favorites and starting cooking again. What could be better than a glass of wine, a hot stove, and creativity? Come along for the ride. I will be blogging about food, family, and anything else that inspires me.

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