Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “Copycat recipe, and a pretty darn good one at that!”

    Ingredients

  • 24ounces sweet Italian sausage links or 24ounceshot Italian sausage links
  • 1 1/3 cupsgreen bell peppers
  • 2tablespoonsolive oil
  • 3/4 lbziti pasta, cooked
  • parmesan cheese, grated
  • parsley sprig
  • 40fluid ouncesmarinara sauce
  • 28ouncesitalian-style canned tomatoes
  • 10 3/4 fluid ouncestomato puree
  • 1teaspoongarlic, minced
  • 4tablespoonsolive oil
  • 1/2 cupfresh basil, packed,chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • Directions

  • Bake or pan-fry the sausages until fully cooked, drain, cool.
  • Halve the sausages and cut the split sausages into ½ inch slices.
  • Sauté the bell peppers in olive oil over moderate heat only until their crispness is loss, but peppers are not soft.
  • In a heavy saucepan add the tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil and bring to a light simmer on moderate heat.
  • Add the sautéed pepper strips and cooked sausage and heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Serve the pasta, topped with the sausage, peppers and salsa marinara and garnish each plate with a parsley bouquet.
  • Pass the Parmesan.
  • Reviews

  • “Darn good is right. Wow, what a deal. The sausage, peppers, tomato sauce, garlic, and pasta. They all come together brilliantly for a divine taste sensation. I had to convince my husband that I hadn’t ordered out from our favorite Italian restaurant. Many thanks :D”

  • “I found this recipe on another site and have been making it for years!It is one I come back to again and again.Great post”

  • “This was easy to make and tasted very good!! Will use this one again…Thanks”

  • “We really liked this.I used some Hot Italian sausage – only about 1 pound, and that was plenty.Couldn’t find anything labeled tomato puree, so I used tomato sauce.Also used 1 jar or Ragu marinara sauce – that was probably 46 fluid ounces.Didn’t have fresh basil, but did have some homemade frozen pesto that I added.It made enough for one meal, plus another batch is in the freezer for later.”

  • “I made this last week for my boyfriend, he is not a fan of Olive Garden, and was a little wary to try it.However, after eating this, he was a fan!!This dish was a big hit, and so easy to make!I wasn’t sure what kind of “canned tomatoes” to use, so I used Italian style stewed tomatoes, and this turned out great.The basil added a great freshness and really turned the flavor up a notch.Great Recipe.”

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