Source: Nestle® Very Best Meals

Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage
A chunky marinara sauce, Italian sausage and mushrooms make the perfect combination with pasta and fennel seeds. A crisp green salad, garlic bread and icy Nestea round out a savory Italian-style dish!
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


8 ounces dry ziti pasta, cooked, drained and kept warm
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 ounces mild Italian sausage links, casings removed
6 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/4 teaspoon fennel seed, (optional)
2 (15-oz.) packages BUITONI® refrigerated Marinara Sauce
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.)shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese

PREHEAT oven to 400° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

HEAT olive oil in large saucepan. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add mushrooms and fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.

ADD pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

BAKE for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.