Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage

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Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage A chunky marinara sauce, Italian sausage and mushrooms make the perfect combination with pasta and fennel seeds. A crisp green salad, garlic bread and icy Nestea round out a savory Italian-style dish! Preparation Time - 15 minutes Cooking Time - 30 minutes Cooling Time - 5 minutes * 8 oz. dry ziti pasta, prepared according to package directions * 2 teaspoons olive oil * 12 oz. mild Italian sausage links, casings removed * 6 oz. sliced mushrooms * 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed (optional) * 2 containers (15 oz. each) BUITONI Refrigerated Marinara Sauce * 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese * 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish. HEAT oil in large saucepan. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add mushrooms and fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat. ADD pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. BAKE for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. FOR FREEZE AHEAD: PREPARE as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. PREHEAT oven to 400°F. BAKE for 25 to 35 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serving Size: 4 Brought to you by:

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