Pizza Baked Ziti Recipe

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Toby Li Modified: April 27, 2022
Pizza Baked Ziti Recipe

How To Make Pizza Baked Ziti

The best of both worlds come together in this pizza-style baked ziti recipe. Grab your favorite toppings and put them together with marinara sauce & cheese.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 12ozuncooked pasta,(such as ziti, rigatoni or penne)
  • 1lbground Italian sausage
  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 4cupssliced veggies,(such as bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms, etc.)
  • 3cupsmarinara sauce,(homemade or store-bought)
  • 2cupsextra pizza toppings,(such as olives, pepperoni, pepperoncini, etc.)
  • 3cupsmozzarella cheese,shredded
  • ½cupparmesan cheese,freshly-grated

For Optional Toppings:

  • fresh basil
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • parmesan cheese,extra

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Heat a large stockpot of generously salted water until boiling.  Add the pasta and cook the pasta until it is 1 minute shy of al dente.  Drain the pasta completely and set aside.

  3. Heat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat. 

  4. Add the sausage and cook until browned, crumbling the sausage with a wooden spoon as you go.  Transfer the cooked sausage to a clean bowl and set aside.

  5. Add the oil to the sauté pan, followed by any veggies that need to be pre-cooked.  Sauté the veggies for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.

  6. Return the cooked pasta to the large stockpot and add in the cooked sausage, cooked veggies, marinara sauce and any extra pizza toppings into the casserole. Toss until evenly combined.

  7. In a greased 9×13-inch baking dish, add half of the pasta mixture and spread it out in an even layer.  Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese evenly on top of the pasta. 

  8. Then add the remaining pasta mixture in an even layer, sprinkle the remaining mozzarella evenly on top of the pasta, and finish with a sprinkle of your reserved pizza toppings.

  9. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden and the casserole is heated through.  Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack.

  10. Serve the baked ziti while it is nice and hot, garnished with favorite toppings.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 853.24kcal
  • Fat: 49.48g
  • Saturated Fat: 22.74g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 17.72g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.93g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.06g
  • Fiber: 4.50g
  • Sugar: 9.34g
  • Protein: 40.88g
  • Cholesterol: 123.16mg
  • Sodium: 1725.42mg
  • Calcium: 734.84mg
  • Potassium: 646.00mg
  • Iron: 3.87mg
  • Vitamin A: 254.78µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.58mg
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