Standard baked ziti with sausage, peppers, and onions added to the sauce. There may be more pasta and sauce that cannot fit into the pans. That's ok, it tastes delicious without baking as well!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
3 hrs 55 mins
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium-low heat; cook and stir garlic in the hot oil until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir ground beef into garlic. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato puree to ground beef mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cover stockpot and simmer mixture, stirring occasionally, until flavors have blended, about 2 hours.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sausage links in the hot skillet until browned and not longer pink in the center, 10 to 15 minutes; drain and discard grease. Slice sausages into 1/4-inch rounds. Stir sausage, green bell pepper, and onion into the simmering tomato sauce; cook, stirring occasionally until bell pepper and onion are softened, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook rigatoni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 11 minutes. Drain and return rigatoni to pot.

  • Dice about 3/4 the mozzarella into 1/8-inch cubes. Mix cubed mozzarella with ricotta cheese in a bowl. Stir cheese mixture into cooked rigatoni until mozzarella cheese begins to melt. Pour rigatoni-cheese mixture into 2 large casserole dishes; add tomato-meat sauce. Toss well.

  • Slice the remaining mozzarella cheese and arrange on top of rigatoni mixtures.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until mozzarella cheese is melted and browned, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

783 calories; protein 48.5g 97% DV; carbohydrates 57g 18% DV; fat 40.5g 62% DV; cholesterol 117.8mg 39% DV; sodium 1485mg 59% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2016
I cut the recipe in half with exception to the puree - I used the full 28 oz can as pasta needs a lot of sauce and I recommend 1 1/2 lbs of mozzerella for a single casserole. I added a tsp of Italian Seasoning and didn't simmer quite as long as recipe asked for...Still turned out very good. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2016
I followed the recipe as written. While the flavor is ok it was dry. Read More
5 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2016
I made this almost like it says, except for using shredded parmesan with the mozzarrella and also I didn't cook sauce as long. This is a delicious recipe. I could keep on eating it, it taste so good. Thank you for a great dinner. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/22/2016
I cut the recipe in half with exception to the puree - I used the full 28 oz can as pasta needs a lot of sauce and I recommend 1 1/2 lbs of mozzerella for a single casserole. I added a tsp of Italian Seasoning and didn't simmer quite as long as recipe asked for...Still turned out very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2013
Excellent dish. It was way too much food I cut the ingredients in half and put in a 9 x 13 pan still had some leftover to freeze for an individual dinner. I used shredded mozzarella cheese instead of slices and/or cubes and cooked the garlic with the meat to eliminate a step. Added 1 1/2 tsp salt 4 tsp sugar 1 tsp italian seasoning and 1/4 tsp pepper to the sauce. I didn't have tomato puree so substituted a small can of tomato paste and 1 cup of water. I had red peppers instead of the green. I used 1# top quality Italian sausage from our local butcher shop it made a difference since it features prominently in the overall flavor. This was delicious. You can taste the long simmering of the sauce in the overall product. This is definitely being added to our family recipe repertoire everyone loved it and you can feed an army! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2016
I followed the recipe as written. While the flavor is ok it was dry. Read More