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Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet/hot Italian link sausage
  • 1 1/3 cups green bell pepper in 1 x 1/4-inch strips
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 pound ziti pasta, cooked
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley bouquets

Marinara Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 (28 oz.) can Italian-style or plum tomatoes with juice
  • 10 3/4 oz tomato purée
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (packed)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Preparation:

Bake or pan-fry the sausages until fully cooked, drain, cool. Halve the sausages and cut the split sausages into 1/2-inch slices. Sauté the bell peppers in olive oil over moderate heat only until their crispness is lost, but peppers are not soft.

In a heavy saucepan add the tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil and bring to a light simmer on moderate heat. Add the saut?ed pepper strips and cooked sausage and heat for 3 to 5 minutes.

Serve the pasta, topped with the sausage, peppers and salsa marinara and garnish each plate with a parsley bouquet. Pass the Parmesan.

Makes 4

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