I have found the perfect baked ziti to match my tastes. It is truly an amazing pasta dish. In the past, I was never big on cottage cheese or ricotta in baked pasta dishes. Who knew sour cream was such a tasty alternative? I highly recommend using sausage instead of ground beef. That is one thing I will not budge on. I believe that an Italian sausage gives greater flavor and texture than ground beef. Okay, ready for the recipe?
Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Sour Cream
Makes two 9″x13″ pans
1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 large onion, chopped
1 small zucchini, cut into small pieces
2 small summer squash, cut into small pieces
1 pound sweet Italian sausage
1 extra big jar spaghetti sauce (or 2 regular)
8 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
grated Parmesan cheese
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown onion and sausage over medium heat. Set aside. Saute the remaining vegetables until lightly browned. Combine the pasta, spaghetti sauce, vegetables and sausage in an extra large pot or bowl.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butte ra 9″x13″ baking dish. Layer as follows:
Ziti and sauce mixture,
(all) sour cream,
provolone and mozzarella cheese,
ziti and sauce mixture,
provolone and mozzarella cheese.
Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.