Friday, May 2, 2008

Fun Friday Feasts

This post was supposed to be for last Friday, but I got lazy and didn't get it posted.  I also didn't cook anything for Brian tonight because he stayed home from work today, and I was trapped at work until 4:20 A.M.!!!  So here it is this Friday.

I know, cheesy title, but I am going to try my hardest to write up something every Friday for the meals I cook. Being the awesome wife that I am, before I go to work every Friday (from 1:00 P.M. to 11:30 P.M.) I make a meal for my not-quite-as-awesome husband Brian. Some of you probably think this is a little crazy, but since I work evenings every night of the week except Monday I don’t get many opportunities to cook, plus I know Brian loves to come home to a "surprise" dinner every Friday. These meals aren’t too fancy because they have to be something that can be reheated well (e.g. casseroles, enchiladas, etc.) but they are still good none the less. Plus, they usually make tons of leftovers. So every Friday I hope to be able to write up a post of what I made, and if for some reason I am not working, I will write about where we go out to eat or what we make together at home.

So here’s the first Fun Friday Feast:

Sausage and Mushroom Baked Ziti

When looking up recipes for baked ziti I noticed that most do not contain any meat or veggies, just cheese and sauce. I don’t know if meatless baked ziti is how the real Italians make it, but I wanted to add Italian sausage and mushrooms. I thought, "Screw the traditionalists, I want to eat pork!"

1 lb Italian sausage
1 medium yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used 4)
32 ounce meatless sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves (eyeball it)
16 ounce package ziti pasta, cooked and drained
2 (8 ounce) cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large skillet, cook sausage, onions and garlic over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes or until sausage is browned, stirring frequently.
Stir in spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, and oregano, and mushrooms.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stir the sauce into the cooked ziti noodles.
Spoon 1/2 of the ziti mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Top with the remaining ziti mixture, then remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake 20 minutes.
Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes until heated through.

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