Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Baked Ziti with Broccoli and Sausage
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.