Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Baked Ziti with Broccoli and Sausage

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Pasta is one dish my kids will all eat however, I get tired of plain old pasta and marinara sauce. I found a great recipe in my Eat WEll, Save Big Cookbook that I was pretty sure would be a crowd pleaser.  I figured, at worst, the 2 that don't like broccoli could pick it out.  It came out better than I expected it to and it will be something that makes a return to our dinner table. 



Salt and pepper
8 oz. hot Italian sausage, casings removed (I used sweet sausage because that is what my family likes)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
2 cups milk
8 oz ziti
1 1/2 lb. broccoli, stems removed, florets cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.   Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease an 11x7 baking dish.

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook sausage stirring to break up meat, about 3 minutes or until no longer pink.  Add butter and stir well.

Sprinkle flour on top and sitr for 1 to 2 minutes.  Slowly pour in milk and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened, approx. 3-4 minutes.  Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Add ziti to boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Then add broccoli and cook for 3 minutes.  Drain ziti and broccoli in a colander and transfer to baking dish.  Stir in sausage mixture. 

Sprinkle Parmesan on top.  Bake 25 minutes until golden and bubbling.



  1. I'm making this for dinner tonight!! Can't wait to try it out! :)

  2. Looks beautiful and delicious! I do some prep ahead meals but not that many. I think this is very worthwhile and nice to know you always have a meal on hand! Pickup Lines Google Gravity Tricks I love you quotes Good Night Quotes


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