1/2 lb sweet Italian sausage with casings left on (I made two recipes with the package shown)
16oz. ricotta cheese (I use Polly-O)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
3 cups homemade marinara sauce (quick sauce recipe here, longer recipe here)
1T dried parsley flakes
Cook rigatoni in salted water for 1/2 the time stated on the box. The pasta will be hard still but will cook more in the oven. While pasta is cooking, brown sausage on both sides, remove from heat, slice into small circles, and return to pan to cook until meat is almost completely browned.
Drain pasta and return to pot with ricotta, one cup of mozzarella, parsley and salt. Mix well.
Layer in baking dish in this order: thin layer of sauce, half of pasta mix, sausage, sauce, remaining pasta, sauce, and remaining cheese.
Bake uncovered on 350 for 30 minutes, or until sauce is bubbling around the edges and the middle is completely heated.
Want a yummy dessert to go with this meal? Try these easy and delicious cupcakes!