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Beautiful Baked Ziti

Prep time 40 mins
Cook time 35 mins
Yield 9
Any dinner table benefits from the addition of this great Italian flavor!


  • 1 package (19 ounces) Johnsonville Italian Sweet Sausage Links
  • 8 ounces penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups), cooked and drained
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen garlic bread, ends removed and cut into 9 slices
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, cut into slices
  • 9 fresh basil leaves

How to Make It

  1. Cook sausage links according to package directions; drain, cut into 1/4-inch slices.    In a large bowl, combine sausage slices, pasta, pasta sauce, water, basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pepper and mix well.  Spoon mixture into a greased 9-in. x 13-in. x 2-in. baking dish.  Arrange garlic bread slices on top of meat mixture.  Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.  In a small bowl, dip tomato slices into olive oil.  Place one slice of tomato on each piece of bread.  Bake uncovered, at 400°F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.  Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.  Garnish with basil leaves.  Serve.