Baked Ziti and Cheese

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    Baked Ziti and Cheese

    1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage
    1 cup sliced mushrooms
    1 cup green pepper slices, cut into 2?inch lengths
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    1/3 cup unsifted all?purpose flour
    2 1/4 cups milk
    2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
    1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
    3 cups ziti, uncooked

    Bake sausage at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes; cool. Slice sausage in thin
    pieces; set aside. Saute mushrooms, green pepper and onion in butter or
    margarine in 3?quart saucepan until tender, but not brown; remove
    vegetables from pan and set aside. Blend flour into butter or margarine
    in saucepan; gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir constantly over medium
    low heat until mixture begins to boil. Boil and stir 1 minute. Add 1 1/2
    cups Cheddar cheese and Parmesan or Romano cheese, salt and pepper; stir
    until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Set aside and keep warm.
    Cook ziti according to package directions for 10 minutes; drain well. Stir
    cooked ziti, reserved sausage slices and reserved sauteed vegetables into
    the cheese sauce. Pour mixture into a buttered 2?quart casserole or baking
    dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Cover with aluminum
    foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes. Remove foil; bake about 10
    to 15 minutes longer or until top is browned. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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