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I didn’t make a big deal about my break-up some months ago with C. But yeah, me and him didn’t work out. It wasn’t devastating to me. Sometimes two people can get along but not be meant-to-be together. I was very grateful for the realization after only 3 short months. Because of the short duration, I chose not to blog about it. It just didn’t seem important. As my friends, I’m sure you guys are primarily concerned about the food porn. All other information is a bonus, right?
Well, as it stands, I am seeing someone new.  I had originally intended to post specifics but for now, I’m going to just let him be a character who goes by the name BR.
BR has a love for food, like me, and is open to trying any and everything I put in front of him.  I love understanding what people enjoy eating. And when I care about someone, I want to make things that make them happy. Truth be told, BR was over the moon about a grilled cheese I made because I put tomatoes in it. I had my work cut out for me when he said he loved Italian food. Quite possibly one of the simplest cuisines for me.

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And with a slew of farmers market peppers and tomatoes, a Sausage and pepper Baked Ziti was in the works.
 
Ingredients
1 lb turkey sausage, casings removed
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
10 oz frozen green peas
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
2 T tomato paste
½ tsp fennel seed
28 oz spicy marinara
1 lb of whole wheat ziti, cooked
2 cups part skim mozzarella , shredded
 
Directions:

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Preheat the oven to 350*. In a medium fry pan, cook the sausage being sure to break up into crumbles.

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This can take 5-6 minutes. Remove the sausage crumbles from the pan and add the peppers and onions. Cook the peppers and onions until they are soft, about 4 minutes and add in the peas, tomato paste, and fennel. Stir to combine.

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Then add the contents to a large bowl with the sausage. Add the sauce and pasta with half of the cheese. Toss to coat. Pour the contents into a nonstick 9×13 baking pan and top with the remaining cheese.

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Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 10 additional minutes.
To serve, makes 8 servings. Sprinkle with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
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This freezes really well! And makes for a great dinner! Or big lunch!

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