Moretti La Rossa Birra Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti is a classic mid-week dish when everyone is at their busiest and they need a hearty, quick meal. Missoula Fresh Market and Radd Cooking brings you a kicked-up baked ziti with the La Rossa from Moretti and Broccoli di Rapa sausage from Bugoni’s. Add in some great cheese and sauce, this dish brings baked ziti from the mundane to the sublime.

Moretti La Rossa Birra Baked Ziti

Ingredients

  • 4 links Bugoni's Broccoli di Rapa Sausage (or any Italian sausage)
  • 12 oz. Moretti La Rossa Birra
  • ½ jar Dave's Gourmet Spicy Heirloom Marinara (or make your own tomato sauce)
  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 4 oz. parmesan reggiano, grated
  • 8 oz. ziti (penne can substitute)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 portobellos, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 TBSP dried basil
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a touch of olive oil in a large pan
  2. Add the sausage links and brown them, flipping once
  3. Add onion halfway through the sausage cooking
  4. Add the Moretti La Rossa Birra and bell peppers
  5. Remove the sausages after the liquid has reduced by half and slice them
  6. Add portobellos and marinara sauce
  7. Heat a large pot of water (2 quarts of water) to a strong boil
  8. Add a tablespoon of salt
  9. Add the pasta and cook at a rolling boil, uncovered, until the pasta is just al dente
  10. Drain the pasta through a colander
  11. Toss in the marinara and vegetable sauce
  12. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  13. Layer sliced sausage, sauce and pasta mixture, and cheeses in casserole dish
  14. Bake 20 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the cheese melted
  15. Serve up and enjoy

The stars of the show
The stars of the show
Browned and simmered sausages
Browned and simmered sausages
Baked (now) Ziti
Baked (now) Ziti
Moretti La Rossa Birra Baked Ziti
Moretti La Rossa Birra Baked Ziti with loads of melted cheese

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