1/2 pound ground Italian sausage (I use mild)
14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
8 ounces tomato sauce
1 teaspoon olive oil
5-6 cloves garlic , minced
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon dried basil (or ½ cup fresh basil leaves but add it at the end)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 cups water
12 ounces ziti pasta (or similar pasta)
1/2 cup half and half (or heavy cream)
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Add olive oil to a deep, 12-inch or larger oven-safe skillet over medium heat. Add sausage cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried basil and oregano. Stir well. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5-10 minutes.
Add the water and dry pasta. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a low boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until noodles are tender.
Stir in the half and half, and parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly on top. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the cheese has melted and browned, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!