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Italian Sausage Baked Ziti

Italian Sausage Baked Ziti

This easy Italian sausage baked ziti is a delicious dish that will feed a crowd. In this recipe we use Italian sausage, it adds a ton of flavor so we can use just a handful of ingredients. We also cheat a little by using jarred pasta sauce and canned tomatoes, but we add onions and a ton of garlic for a homemade taste. Then of course there’s the cheese…a lot of cheese! This pasta dish will become a family favorite for sure. For more great baked pasta recipes try this baked spaghetti or this turkey-roni that’s a fun take on a childhood favorite. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

2 tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Small Onion, finely diced

3-5 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage, casings removed and torn into pieces or use bulk sausage

28 oz. Can Whole Tomatoes, chopped (use kitchen shears to make quick work of this)

24 oz. Jar Pasta Sauce (use your favorite brand and variety)

1 lb. Ziti, cooked to package directions, for al-dente

2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, divided

½ cup Parmesan Cheese, plus extra for serving

Chopped Parsley for Garnish, optional

 

Instructions

Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet or pot over medium heat.  Add the onions, cook approximately 3 minutes, until they’re translucent, stirring frequently.  Add the garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add the sausage to the pot; raise the heat to medium-high. Stir, breaking up the sausage using a wooden spoon or a spatula.  Cook approximately 5-6 minutes until the meat is browned, stirring frequently.

Add the chopped tomatoes and pasta sauce the skillet, stir well.  Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower heat to medium-low and cover.  Cook the sauce for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350°F

While the sauce cooks, start the pasta. Cook the Ziti to package directions for al-dente. Drain and set aside.

 

Cook’s Notes

Once you cook your pasta always reserve about 1 cup of the cooking water before draining it. You can use the pasta water to loosen the sauce a little bit if it’s too thick. Just add a little at a time while stirring until it reaches the desired consistency.

 

Combine the ziti and the sauce in the larger of the two pots. Gently stir well.

Use a large, oven proof casserole dish or baking pan (at least 9×13).

Spoon about half of the pasta into the casserole dish, cover the top with half the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with half the Parmesan cheese. Add the remaining pasta and top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Place the casserole dish on a rimmed baking sheet, just in case it bubbles over. Bake the pasta for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Garnish the Italian sausage baked ziti with a little chopped parsley and serve with extra Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper, if desired. Enjoy!

Serves 6-8

 

Italian Sausage Baked Ziti in a cream color casserole dish

 

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Italian Sausage Baked Ziti

This easy Italian sausage baked ziti is a delicious dish that will feed a crowd.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta dinner
Servings: 8
Calories: 592kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion finely diced
  • 3-5 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage casings removed and torn into pieces or use bulk sausage
  • 28 oz. Can Whole Tomatoes chopped (use kitchen shears to make quick work of this)
  • 24 oz. Jar Pasta Sauce use your favorite brand and variety
  • 1 lb. Ziti cooked to package directions, for al-dente
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese divided
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese plus extra for serving
  • Chopped Parsley for Garnish optional

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet or pot over medium heat.  Add the onions, cook approximately 3 minutes, until they're translucent, stirring frequently.
  • Add the garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  • Add the sausage to the pot; raise the heat to medium-high. Stir, breaking up the sausage using a wooden spoon or a spatula. Cook approximately 5-6 minutes until the meat is browned, stirring frequently.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and pasta sauce the skillet, stir well.  Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower heat to medium-low and cover. Cook the sauce for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • While the sauce cooks: Preheat oven to 350°F and start the pasta.
  • Cook the Ziti to package directions for al-dente. Drain and keep warm until the sauce is ready.
  • Combine the ziti and the sauce in the larger of the two pots. Gently stir well.
  • Using a large, oven proof casserole dish or baking pan (at least 9x13), Spoon about half of the pasta into the casserole dish, cover the top with half the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with half the Parmesan cheese. Add the remaining pasta and top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Place the casserole dish on a rimmed baking sheet, just in case it bubbles over. Bake the pasta for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish the Italian sausage baked ziti with a little chopped parsley and serve with extra Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper, if desired.

Notes

Once you cook your pasta always reserve about 1 cup of the cooking water before draining it. You can use the pasta water to loosen the sauce a little bit if it’s too thick. Just add a little at a time while stirring until it reaches the desired consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 592kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1281mg | Potassium: 789mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 14.4% | Vitamin C: 21.4% | Calcium: 28.5% | Iron: 19.1%
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