1(1-pound) boxziti(I used ziti rigati, but you can also use penne)
1mediumonion, finely diced
3 clovesgarlic, minced
1poundbulk Italian sausage
1teaspoondried Italian seasoning
1(15-ounce) containerwhole milk ricotta cheese
1/2cup grated parmesan cheese
1(8-ounce) packageshredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 350°F and lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large stock pot, heat about 2 quarts of water to boiling and stir in about 1 tablespoon of salt. Add the pasta and stir occasionally. Cook until just al dente. Drain and set aside.
While the pasta cooks, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet or dutch oven. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the sausage and crumble and cook until just browned. Drain away the excess fat and return the meat and onion mixture to the heat. Add the marinara sauce and Italian seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste. Fold in the pasta being sure to coat it in the sauce.
Add about half of the pasta and sauce mixture to the prepared baking dish. Stir the ricotta cheese to make it smooth then drop dollops of it evenly onto the pasta. Sprinkle all the parmesan and about half of the mozzarella cheese over it.
Add the remaining pasta mixture in another layer. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
If you like the cheese to be toasted and browned, simply bake without the aluminum foil cover.
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