Italien Baked Ziti with Sausage Recipe

Italien Baked Ziti with Sausage Recipe

Italien Baked Ziti with Sausage Recipe

Ingredients
  • 300g ziti or penne pasta (Note 1)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion (brown, white or yellow), finely chopped
  • 1lb/500g ground pork (mince) (Note 2)
  • 1.4lb / 700g bottle of tomato passata / pureed tomato (Note 3)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sugar (any type)
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup grated mozzarella cheese
Sausage Seasoning (Note 4)
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp paprika (any type – all go great with this)
  • 3 tsp red pepper flakes OR 2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt (table salt)
Instructions
  1. Cook ziti for the recommended cooking time on the packet MINUS 2 minutes. (Note 5) Drain and transfer to baking dish.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until onion is translucent.
  4. Add pork mince and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it turns from pink to white. Add Sausage Seasonings and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add passata, water, basil, oregano and sugar. Bring to simmer, reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste (remember it gets spread across lots of pasta).
  6. Pour the sausage mixture over the ziti. Top with cheese. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for a further 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and golden. Stand for 5 minutes before serving.