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Four-Cheese Baked Ziti

Proudly Wisconsin Cheese

It's easier than preparing lasagna, yet this casserole has the same great taste. A doctored jar of marinara sauce is paired with dreamy layers of pasta and cheese -- simply delicious!

Yield: 6 servings

Preparation Time: and Active TIme: 45 min



Heat oven to 425 degrees F.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

Meanwhile, cook sausage, onion, oregano and red pepper flakes in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in marinara sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove sauce from the heat.

Drain pasta; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in 2 cups meat sauce. Set aside.

Combine the ricotta, parmesan and cream in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spread a 1/2 cup meat sauce in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer with a third of the reserved pasta mixture, 1/2 cup meat sauce, half of the ricotta mixture and a third of the fresh mozzarella pearls. Repeat layers, starting with the pasta mixture.

Top with the remaining pasta mixture, meat sauce and fresh mozzarella pearls. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and sauce is bubbly.

Cheesemonger Tip:
Fresh, milky mozzarella balls are available in different sizes; sometimes the pearl-sized variety is also labeled as perline. They're the perfect size for salads and pasta dishes.

Please note that some ingredients and brands may not be available in every store.

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