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Baked Ziti

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Servings: 8
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 599kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 pound ziti noodles (regular or gluten-free) penne may be substituted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound italian sausage loose or bulk (not links)
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 25-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain (and rinse depending on package instructions). Toss the noodles with a drizzle of olive oil (to prevent them from sticking together).
  • As the pasta cooks, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sausage and cook breaking the sausage into small pieces until lightly browned, cooking for about 5 - 6 minutes.
  • Add the onion to the skillet and stir. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  • Stir the Italian seasoning into the sausage and onion mixture. Cook for 1 minute more.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce, stir to combine and bring the skillet to a simmer.
  • Spray a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    Add a thin layer of the sauce mixture to the bottom of the dish.
  • LAYER 1:
    1. Add half of the pasta noodles into the bottom of the baking pan.
    2. Top with half of the remaining sauce.
    3. Add half of the ricotta in large spoonful-sized dollops. Spread lightly with the back of a spoon.
    4. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella cheese and half of the chopped basil.
  • LAYER 2:
    Repeat the layering steps from Layer 1.
  • Bake in the oven, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
    Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top and continue to bake 5-10 minutes longer until the top is lightly golden brown and the cheese begins to bubble.
  • Serve hot with additional fresh basil for garnish.


Tips For The Recipe
● Substitute penne pasta: if you’re having trouble tracking down ziti pasta, you can substitute penne pasta. Any medium-sized noodle pasta would also work.
● Substitute ground beef: another popular substitution is ground beef in place of sausage. This is a tasty switch that you can make if you prefer.
● Cook the noodles al dente: be sure to cook your noodles al dente (so that they still have some firmness). This will prevent them from overcooking when they go into the oven.


Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 603mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 424IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 2mg