An easy and flavor loaded Ziti recipe. Great for family dinners or holiday menu.
In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
Add all the peppers, onion, garlic and sage. Season with a generous pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix.
Note: I mix together the salt and black pepper for the full recipe. Use a pinch of this mixture.
Saute the veggies for 5 to 6 minutes until it starts to soften.
Add the cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Mix to combine. Cook 30 to 60 seonds.
Add the turkey ground meat. Use the back of the spoon to break up the meat and mix it in with the veggies. Turn up the heat to medium-high/high. Cook 5 to 6 minutes until the meat is no longer pink.
Season with the remaining salt and pepper mixture. Mix to combine.
Pour in the marinara sauce. Stir to combine with the meat and veggie mixture.
Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low/low. Simmer 15 minutes.
Cook the pasta 3 to 4 minutes fewer than the al dente package direction. Drain the pasta.
Lightly oil a 9x13 baking pan/dish. Place on top of a 1/2 sheet pan.
Spread about 2 ladles or 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the sauce on the bottom of the pan/dish.
Spread 1/2 of the ziti pasta over the sauce.
Pour in and spread 1/2 of the remaining sauce over the pasta.
Sprinkle in 1/2 of the provolone cheese, 1/2 of the pepper jack cheese and 1/2 of the parmesan cheese.
Spread the remaining pasta on top of the cheeses.
Pour and spread the remaining sauce over the pasta, making sure to completely cover the pasta.
Sprinkle in the remaining provolone, pepper jack and parmesan cheeses.
OPTIONAL: sprinkle freshly chopped basil leaves. Drizzle olive oil over the leaves/cheese.
Bake the ziti 25 to 30 minutes until bubbly and the cheeses fully melts.
Remove the baked ziti from the oven. Allow it to rest before cutting.
Serve and enjoy!
Pasta substitution: rigatoni or penne.
I used marinara sauce as it is my favorite. You can use your favorite tomato sauce.
The provolone and pepper jack cheeses works perfectly in this recipe. You can however substitute a white mild cheddar cheese.