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Bake Ziti

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Ingredients

  • 4 Tsp, plus 1 Tblsp of Olive Oil
  • 3/4 lb Sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 Small eggplant, cut into 1/2” cubes
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 Cup dry Red Wine
  • 1 Can (28oz) crushed plum tomatoes with juices
  • 5 oz ziti, cooked until al dente
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1/3 Cup Rinsed Chopped Kalamata olives
  • 2-1/2 Cups of Shredded Mozzarella
  • Kosher Salt and freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 Cup of Grated Parmigiano Reggiano

Details

Servings 6
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 60mins

Preparation

Step 1

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 400F. In 10” nonstick fry pan over medium heat, warm 2 tsp oil. Brown sausage 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Discard all but 1 Tblsp fat in pan. Set pan over medium high heat, warm 2 Tsp oil. Cook eggplant 6 minutes. Transfer to large bowl, Set pan over medium hear. Warm 1 Tblsp oil. Cook onion 5-6 minutes . Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add wine, increase heat to medium high and bring to boil scraping up browned bit. Cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and juices; simmer 10 minutes.

Add sausage, pasta, basil, olives, 2 cup of mozzarella and tomato sauce to bowl with eggplant, stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to fry pan. Sprinkle 1/2 Cup Mozzarella and Parmigiano - Reggiano over pasta. Cover,
Bake 25 minutes, Uncover, broil at 500F for 5 minutes.

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