Ziti With Sausage, Mushroom and Tomato Sauce

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Mark found this recipe on Johnsonville’s website.  I decided to use our kids, Matt, Carol, Austin and Allyssa, as guinea pigs.  This was a huge bowl of pasta and they wiped it out clean and wanted more.  And Matt doesn’t like tomatoes or mushrooms.  I had to substitute the sausage which is called out in the recipe, but it still turned out wonderful.  It’s a simple dish that’s not expensive and it’s also very easy to prepare.  I served it with salad and garlic toast.

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  • 1 pound pasta
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • 6 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can (26.46 ounces) chopped tomatoes
  • 1 package (13.5 ounce) JOHNSONVILLE® Fully Cooked Three Cheese Italian Style Sausage, sliced (I used Sweet Italian Sausage Links because I could not find the sausage that it calls for and it turned out great)
  • 1 tablespoon flat leaf Italian parsley – roughly chopped

Preparation

Place a large pot of generously salted water onto boil. When boiling add pasta and cook until done. Reserve approximately 1 cup of pasta water prior to draining pasta. Drain.

Into a large sauté pan add: butter, olive oil, Johnsonville sausage and heat over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions are softened. Add mushrooms. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer.

When pasta is cooked, transfer to sauté pan. Toss to combine. If mixture is too thick loosen with a little pasta water.

Garnish with parsley and optional cheese, if desired.

Serve immediately.

Cook’s Notes:  You can substitute any short cut pasta you prefer. Add red pepper flakes to the sauce for a little kick.  I also used fresh grated parmesan cheese on top.  You could also use the Hot Italian Sausage Links and it would taste great.

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