Baked Ziti with Sausage Recipe

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Bonnie Published: July 20, 2021
Baked Ziti with Sausage Recipe

How To Make Baked Ziti with Sausage

Try this meaty and cheesy baked ziti with sausage for the perfect potluck dish! It’s made with tomatoes and heavy cream, layered with a rich cheese sauce.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 1lbziti noodles
  • lbsspicy Italian sausage,or sweet, ground
  • 4clovesgarlic,minced
  • 28oztomatoes,(1 can) crushed
  • 1tspsalt
  • tspsugar
  • ¼tspred pepper flakes,crushed
  • 1cupheavy cream
  • ½cuppecorino romano,or Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • cupfresh basil,chopped, plus more for serving
  • 8ozwhole milk mozarella cheese,(about 2 cups) shredded


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the ziti according to the package directions for very al dente for about 7 minutes. Drain and add the pasta back to the pot. Set aside.

  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and set the oven rack in the middle position.

  3. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage into the pan and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 6 minutes until lightly browned and just cooked through.

  4. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked sausage to a plate. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the pan and set over low heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 1 minute until soft but not browned.

  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, sugar, and red pepper flakes and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

  6. Add the heavy cream, ⅓ cup of the Pecorino Romano, cooked sausage, and basil to the pan; stir until evenly combined. Carefully pour the contents of the sauté pan into the large pot with the pasta and gently stir to combine.

  7. Spoon half of the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with ½ of the shredded mozzarella and ½ of the remaining Pecorino Romano.

  8. Spoon the remaining pasta mixture on top and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano. Transfer to the oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese has melted and browned.

  9. Sprinkle with more basil and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have enough fat in the pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.


  • Calories: 628.09kcal
  • Fat: 41.76g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.23g
  • Trans Fat: 0.30g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.32g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.11g
  • Carbohydrates: 38.12g
  • Fiber: 2.49g
  • Sugar: 4.37g
  • Protein: 24.96g
  • Cholesterol: 152.41mg
  • Sodium: 760.80mg
  • Calcium: 278.44mg
  • Potassium: 519.25mg
  • Iron: 2.98mg
  • Vitamin A: 207.22µg
  • Vitamin C: 12.90mg
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