Quick Baked Sausage and Mushroom Ziti

Quick Baked Sausage and Mushroom Ziti IMAGE Image by: Quick Baked Sausage and Mushroom Ziti IMAGE Author: Canadian Living

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. Cost: $2.55 per serving

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: March 2016

Ingredients

  • 400 g mild Italian sausages casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 pkg (227 g) cremini mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1 bottle (680 ml) strained tomatoes (passata)
  • 400 g ziti or penne
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Method

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, remove sausage to plate. Set aside.

Drain fat from pan. Add oil; cook onion and mushrooms over medium heat, stirring often and scraping up browned bits with wooden spoon, 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 1/2 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 (2 L) casserole dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake in 400°F (200°C) oven until cheese is melted, about 3 minutes. Broil until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining basil and parsley.

Nutritional facts per each of 6 servings: about

  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 858 mg
  • Sugars 6 g
  • Protein 26 g
  • Calories 515.0
  • Total fat 19 g
  • Potassium 477 mg
  • Cholesterol 43 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 60 g

%RDI

  • Iron 26.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 75.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 17.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 22.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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