Olive Garden's Neopolitan Ziti

Serving Size: 4
1 1/2 pounds sweet/hot Italian link sausage
1 1/3 cups green bell pepper in 1" by 1/4" strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 pound ziti pasta -- cooked
Grated Parmesan cheese
Parsley bouquets
1 can Italian-style or plum tomatoes - (28 oz) -- with juice
10 3/4 ounces tomato puree
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil - (packed)
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste
Cooking Directions:
Bake or pan-fry the sausages until fully cooked, drain, cool. Halve the sausages and cut the split sausages into 1/2-inch slices. Saut the bell peppers in olive oil over moderate heat only until their crispness is lost, 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 sauted
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.
This recipe yields 4 servings.

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