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 comment:

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


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