After being away for work for a few days, I was anxious to make a home cooked meal for dinner Friday night. Joe and I were in the mood for pasta (when aren't we?) and I was inspired by the sausage baked ziti my co-worker had ordered at a restaurant the previous evening. I wanted to create something similar, but a healthier. I'm not going to write down a recipe, since I sort of just tossed things together, but here's the gist:
Prepare whole wheat pasta (ziti or penne) according to package directions and slice and brown sausage of choice (I used sweet Italian chicken sausage). Toss cooked pasta with marinara sauce, sausage, ricotta cheese (I used nonfat) and shredded mozzarella. Pour pasta into greased baking dish and top with more marinara and cheeses. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until heated through.
Yummy and easy. I toasted some garlic Italian bread and we were good to go. It was a great way to start the weekend!