Baked Ziti with Sausage and Peppers
Using just one skillet, we managed to bring this classic potluck dish quickly and easily to the weeknight dinner table.
Why This Recipe Works
For pronounced meaty flavor, we rendered some crumbled sweet Italian sausage in the skillet we used to build our Baked Ziti recipe’s sauce. We then added whole canned tomatoes that we’d processed in a food processor and simmered the sauce to rid the tomatoes of their raw flavor and concentrate their sweetness. We cooked the ziti until it was just shy of tender, then stirred in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese before transferring the skillet to the oven where our Baked Ziti finished cooking.