1poundziti pastacooked al dente according to package instructions, drained
4links(about 1 pound) cooked Italian sausagesliced ½-inch thick
132-ounce jar marinara sauce
115-ounce container whole milk ricotta cheese
8ouncesshredded mozzarella cheese
¼cupeach fresh basil and parsley leaveschopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch pan.
In a large bowl, stir together the cooked ziti, sausage, and all but 1 cup of marinara sauce. Spread half of the ziti mixture in the bottom of your prepared pan.
Spoon half of the ricotta and mozzarella evenly over the top. Top with the rest of the ziti mixture, then remaining ricotta, mozzarella, and reserved marinara sauce.
Bake 20-25 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted. Sprinkle the basil and parsley over the ziti and serve warm.
Flavor tip: for even more cheesy goodness, add 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese along with the mozzarella. Flavor tip:I like to use spicy Italian sausage in this recipe! Veg it up: add 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves along with the cheese for a delicious, nutritious boost!