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Olive Garden Neopolitan Ziti

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Servings: 4
Categories: Pasta / Pork

1 1/2  pounds  Italian sausage links, sweet/hot
1 1/3  cups  green bell pepper, 1x1/4"
2  tablespoons  olive oil
3/4  pound  ziti pasta, cooked
    parmesan cheese, grated
    parsley sprigs
5  cups  marinara sauce
28  ounces  Italian plum tomatoes
10 3/4  ounces  tomato puree
1  teaspoon  garlic, minced
4  tablespoons  olive oil
1/2  cup  fresh basil, packed, chopped
    salt and pepper

Bake or pan-fry the sausages until fully cooked, drain, cool. Halve the sausages and cut the split sausages into 1/2" slices. Saute the bell peppers in olive oil over moderate heat only until their crispness is loss, but peppers are not soft. In a heavy sauce pan add the tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil and bring to a light simmer on moderate heat. Add the sauteed 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.

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