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Baked Ziti

¾ pound hot Italian sausages, casings removed
1 medium onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 28-ounce can diced peeled tomatoes
¼ cup purchased pesto sauce
10 ounces ziti or penne pasta, freshly cooked
8 cups ready-to-use baby spinach leaves
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Sauté sausage, onion and garlic for about 10 minutes or until the sausage is cooked through. Break meat clumps with the back of the spoon while sautéing. Add the entire contents of the canned tomatoes to pan. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens a little. Mix in pesto. Season the sauce with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish. In a large bowl, mix the pasta and spinach. Add mozzarella cheese and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Pour in hot tomato sauce and blend well.
Transfer mixture to the baking dish. Sprinkle evenly the remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until sauce bubbles and cheeses are melted.

Sausage and Tomatoes Farfalle
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 pound sweet Italian sausages, casings removed
½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
½ cup whipping cream
1 pound farfel
½ cup (packed) chopped fresh basil
Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
In a large skilled, heat oil. Add sausage and crushed red pepper and sauté it for 5 minutes or until sausage loses its pink color. Break up the meat clumps using the back of the spoon.
Add onion and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes or until the onion is tender and sausage is browned. Add the tomatoes and cream. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes or until the sausage mixture thickens.
Season with salt and pepper.
Bring salted water to boil in a large pot and cook pasta until tender but still firm to bite. Keep 1 cup of liquid and drain the rest. Return pasta to same pot and the sausage mixture. Mix well and heat until the sauce coats the pasta evenly. Add the reserved liquid if the mixture is dry. Remove pasta to serving dish. Sprinkle with basil and serve with cheese on the side.


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