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Sue’s Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage and Spinach

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A true family favorite. My husband begs for me to make this for him. Special enough to serve to company!

Ingredients

  • 1 package Jenny-O Hot Turkey Italian Sauasge (1 Pound Or More)
  • 1 whole Medium Onion
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 can Peeled And Diced Tomatoes (28 Oz)
  • ⅓ cups Pesto Sauce
  • 1 box Ziti Or Penne Pasta, Cooked, 16 Ounce Package
  • 8 cups Baby Spinach
  • 6 ounces, weight Mozzarella Cheese, Cubed
  • 1 cup Grated Parmesan, Divided

Preparation

Squeeze sausage meat from casings. Add to a large pan over medium-high heat along with the onion and garlic. Cook until sausage is cooked through, breaking up the meat as you cook. Once the sausage is browned, add tomatoes and their juice to the pan. Simmer sauce for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until slightly thick. Stir in pesto. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large glass casserole dish with cooking spray.

Combine cooked pasta, spinach, mozzarella and 1/3 cup Parmesan in a large bowl. Add the tomato sauce and stir. Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle the remaining parmesan over the top. Bake for about 30 minutes until bubbly.

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Gennie on 6.1.2011

This was excellent and just what I was looking for. Even better the next day for lunch at work!

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2sail on 3.31.2010

This was great…even my picky eater gobbled it down! I will definitely make it again.

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sqlinn on 3.18.2010

This was great! I made this last night for dinner and my whole family voted it a keeper! I used diced tomatoes with oregano & basil already included & I added the mushrooms at the same time as the tomatoes. I am sure I used more cheese than was called for in the ingredients but, you’ve got to love extra cheese! Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe!

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heatheroo on 1.24.2010

p.s. I took a few pictures of this if you want to add a picture to the recipe here (or if anyone considering this recipe wants to see how it looks)!

After the oven:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4300725921_3747793621_b.jpg

Ready to eat!:
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4301483472_9525cd2987_b.jpg

Thanks for the recipe!

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heatheroo on 1.24.2010

I made this for dinner the other night & my husband and I both loved it. It says it has mushrooms in the title but doesn’t mention them in the recipe, but I went ahead and sliced up 8 oz of baby portabellas and threw them in when I threw in the tomatoes, and it was great with the mushrooms. I probably used a little more mozzarella than the recipe called for too… This is definitely a keeper!

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SarahGCooks on 10.9.2011

This is a wonderfully tasty recipe that makes really huge portions. It’s great to freeze half and tastes just as good. I actually think it’s even better the second day.

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Gennie on 6.1.2011

I’ve halved this recipe successfully twice. I usually keep the amount of spinach the same, actually. Just make sure you’re using a bowl big enough for all of the hot items (pasta, sausage + tomatoes) to fully wilt the spinach. It is really delicious, and healthy too with 4 food groups and a green vegetable!

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cookingwithkelly on 1.18.2011

made this one tonight. i had to put it in 2 9x13s! i’m not really sure how this happened??! anyway, i was worried that the ratios would all be wacked, but no! it was really good.
i recommend browning the sausage really well (the turkey works great because there is hardly any fat, so no draining) @ a higher heat. that way when you add the canned tomatoes, their juice causes all of the browned bits @ the bottom of the pan to loosen & become part of the sauce – super tasty.
& oh yes, i did add more cheese :)
this is a PERFECT (healthy) winter food.

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NW Darla on 1.16.2011

I made this the night before I served it at an after-church meal — I really wish I could’ve tested it fresh out of the oven. It was pretty tasty the day after, although a touch dry. Tasty, but not unforgettable. I imagine it would have been even better hot out of the oven, but I also think I’d up the sauce and cheese amounts a bit. Thanks for the recipe!

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heatheroo on 7.13.2010

Delicious! As I mentioned in the comments, I add baby portabellas to the recipe, and I haven’t been able to find the Jenny-O Italian turkey sausage, so I get whatever Italian sausage I can find. Otherwise I pretty much follow the recipe, and it’s turned out amazing every time I’ve made it!

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