Update 10/27/10: I made this again and it is still a wonderful meal. Quite filling and makes great leftovers!
1 (1 lb) package uncooked ziti (or similar pasta, I only had rotini on hand)
1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage links
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp tomato paste (I used a lot more than this, about 3/4 of an 6 oz can)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp oregano
2 (14.5 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (I used mostly fresh mozzarella which turned out fabulous)
1 cup grated fresh parmesan
Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 4 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta and return to pan.
Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in the casserole dish coated with cooking spray. Top with half of the mozzarella and parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
Serving Size: 1.5 cups
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