This was really tasty. My hubby ate it up, although in fairness he does love ziti. This is also ridiculously easy to make, which at this point in my life with a toddler and a baby, is a big deal. I highly recommend you make this for your next weeknight meal.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
12 ounces ziti pasta
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Stir in tomatoes and bring to a simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in pasta and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan and heavy cream. Top with mozzarella and cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.