Best Ziti Ever

    • 1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta
    • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed
    • 2 (24 ounce) jars marinara sauce
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, divided
    • 12 ounces ricotta cheese
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
    • 1 dash salt and pepper
    • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat marinara with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
    3. Spread bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with sauce. Layer 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2, the sausage, 1/2 of the ricotta, and 1/2 the mozzarella. Spoon half of the sauce over top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 teaspoons basil and Italian seasoning.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
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