Baked Ziti With Italian Sausag

Ingredients:(Baked Ziti With Italian Sausag)

8 ounces dry ziti pasta
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
12 ounces mild Italian sausage links, casings removed
6 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/4 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
2 containers (15 ounces each)  Marinara Sauce (15 oz.)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons Freshly Shredded Parmesan or Romano Cheese

Instructions:(Baked Ziti With Italian Sausag)

Preheat oven to 400° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Prepare pasta according to package directions.
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add mushrooms and fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.
Add pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
For Freeze Ahead:
Prepare as above; do not bake. Cover; freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in refrigerator.

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