Baked Ziti

1 pound cooked pasta, such as ziti or rotini, al dente

2 cups mozzarella

1/2 cup peccorino romano or Parmesan (a good Parmesan)

2 quarts marinara sauce

1 pound ricotta

pepperoni, sliced thin, what ever amount you like

2 pounds Italian sausage


Cook pasta, mix with marinara, set aside.  

Cut sausage into small bite sized pieces and fry until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels.  Set aside. 

In a large casserole dish, spoon a layer, about half of the pasta on the bottom of the dish.  Spread half of sausage over pasta.  Spread half of mozzarella and Parmesan over top. Sprinkle evenly. Spoon glops of ricotta over pasta.  It does not need to be covered with ricotta though.  

Add the next layer of pasta and repeat process but end with the mozzarella. Lay slices of pepperoni all around. Cover and bake in a 350 F oven. Bake for 45 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 10 or 15 minutes more to brown.

After you remove it from the oven give it about 10 minutes to set.



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