The Best Baked Ziti

Hello friends!

Oh boy do I have a recipe to share with you guys, but first.  Yesterday I gave into the holiday party temptation :(.

I had a mini turkey sandwich (turkey slider I guess), a bite of that spinach and feta Stromboli and some pretzel chips with guacamole and red pepper dip.  Also two un-pictured mini cookies. I am not proud of it, but it happens so I won’t dwell on it too much.  Thank goodness my office does not have a snack machine because I obviously have no self control. sigh….

Oh well, I did make up for it by making a delicious and healthy baked ziti.  I know when I think of baked ziti I think of noodles drenched in sauce and CHEESE, well friends this one was not.  I apologize now for the horrific picture I took last night, I promise I will try harder.

Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage and Veggie Baked Ziti (makes about 10-12 servings)

 Ingredients 

1 lb Sundried Tomato Chicken Sausage (Trader Joe’s variety is goood), casings removed

2 – 14 ½ oz cans Diced Tomatoes

1 medium onion, chopped

4 oz mini sliced mushrooms

1 package of frozen veggies (I used Trader Joe’s veggie foursome, carrots, peas, corn and green beans)

1 Tbsp red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1- 14 ½ oz can Tomato Sauce

16 oz cooked Whole wheat Penne or ziti Pasta

4 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper

 Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Crumble the sausage meat into a large saucepan and brown over medium heat, stirring often.
  • Drain off any fat, then add the onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, until softened.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, frozen veggies, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook uncovered 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Stir in the cooked pasta and half the cheese. Spread evenly into a 9-x-13-inch baking pan. Top evenly with the remaining cheese.
  • Bake until the cheese has melted and the casserole is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing into 8 (or more) pieces. Yields 1 piece per serving.

It was very very good.  Perfectly light and because of all the veggies it was very filling.  This is most definitely a do it again meal, quick, simple and tasty!  And if you are lucky your sauce will bubble into a nice little heart.

Enjoy!

Have you made anything really delicious recently, please link to them I would love some new things to try out!

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