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Baked Ziti in Mornay Sauce with Sausage and Fennel


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  • 3 TBS butter
  • # TBS flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 6 ounces Parmesan cheese
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds of Italian sausage cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 pound Ziti pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chiffonaded



Step 1

For the Sauce: In a saucepan melt the butter and add flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in milk 1/2 cup at a time then season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook, stirring constantly for 4-6 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of grated cheese.

In a large skillet heat oil and brown sausage and add fennel and saute for another 3-4 minutes. In a large bowl combine cooked pasta, sausage and Mornay sauce. Mix well and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Top with cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Serve with basil garnish on top.

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