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Baked Ziti Recipe



Baked Ziti


If you’re looking for a delicious dinner that will feed a crowd, this baked ziti recipe is always a hit. Baked ziti with sausage is easy to make, but tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen. Serve with fresh garlic bread and a tossed salad for a complete meal.



1 lb dry ziti pasta (16 oz pkg)
1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
1 15 oz container ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 onion, minced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 – 26 oz jars spaghetti sauce, divided
10 oz shredded Italian cheese blend
1 tsp dried basil



Preheat oven to 350° F.
Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

  1. Fill a large pasta or stock pot with water, add a good pinch of salt and bring to a full boil. When the water comes to a rapid boil, add the ziti; stir and bring back up to a full boil. Cook uncovered until the pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. The pasta should be cooked through, but still have a little texture or firmness to it. Drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, brown the sausage in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and tender. Drain fat from the sausage mixture and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, egg, and oregano. Stir in the sausage mixture, 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, and the drained pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. In the greased baking dish pour in 1/3 of the second jar of spaghetti sauce, spread to coat the bottom of the dish. Layer half of the pasta mixture on top of the sauce. Top the pasta with 1/2 of the remaining sauce in the jar and half of the shredded Italian cheese. Repeat layers with remaining pasta and spaghetti sauce; top with the rest of the shredded cheese. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with dried basil.
  5. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes until the casserole is heated through. Uncover and continue baking for another 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.


Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 30 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

5 ★★★★★ 257 review(s)




Baked Ziti with Sausage


Brown Sausage Mixture

Brown Sausage Mixture

Brown Italian sausage, onion and garlic; drain.


Combine Ricotta Mixture

Combine Ricotta Mixture

Combine ricotta, 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, egg, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.

Gently stir in the sausage and onion mixture, and the cooked ziti.


Layer in Baking Dish

In a greased baking dish, pour 1/3 jar of spaghetti sauce and spread evenly. Add half of the pasta mixture, cover with half of the remaining spaghetti sauce, and top with half of the shredded cheese. Layer again with the remaining pasta mixture, the last third of the spaghetti sauce, and the remaining shredded cheese. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with dried basil. Cover tightly with foil.


Baked Ziti Casserole

Bake about 20 minutes; remove foil and continue baking for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until cheese is completely melted, casserole is hot and bubbly and the top is golden brown.


Baked Ziti Recipe


A Baked Ziti that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite!




Baked Ziti, 5.0 out of 5 based on 25 ratings
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