Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti is just the dinner you may be looking for.  This is made with pasta, and a few ingredients that you can find readily in your refrigerator.  Best of all this meal takes just minutes to prepare.  You can be a little flexible with what you have in your refrigerator.
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Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

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Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

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  • Recipe Type: Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat Recipes, Pasta Recipes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 6
Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

Add a salad and this makes a great meal!


  • 1 and 1/2 pounds sweet or hot Italian link sausages
  • 1 and 1/3 cups green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 pound cooked ziti pasta
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • parsley bouquets
  • 5 cups marinara sauce
  • 28 ounces canned tomatoes--Italian-style or plum
  • 10 3/4 ounces tomato puree
  • 1 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, packed and chopped
  • salt and pepper


Bake or pan-fry the sausages until fully cooked; drain and 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 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 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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  • http://40somethingmommy.com Liz Nelson

    This recipe was so good! I love italian sausage so this was a great recipe for me.