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Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage

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  • 3/4 lbs. uncooked turkey sausage, spicy-variety, casings removed

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 medium green peppers, chopped

  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

  • 10-oz. frozen green peas, thawed

  • 2 Tbsp canned tomato paste

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp dried basil

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme

  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed

  • 1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

  • 12 oz. uncooked whole-wheat pasta, ziti, cooked according to package directions

  • 6 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


Position oven rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 degrees.


Crumble sausage meat into a large saucepan and brown over medium heat, stirring often, about 4 minutes.


Drain off any fat, then add the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.


Stir in tomatoes, peas, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme, fennel
seeds, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook
uncovered 5 minutes, stirring often.


Stir in cooked pasta and half the cheese. Spread evenly into a 9x13-inch baking pan. Top evenly with remaining cheese.


Bake until cheese has melted and casserole is bubbling, about 20
minutes. Let stand 10 minutes at room temperature before slicing into 8
pieces.

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