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Easy Baked Ziti

This Easy Baked Ziti is easy to make but is so delicious and comforting. Tender pasta, creamy ricotta, Italian sausage and marinara sauce make this recipe irresistible. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 428kcal
Author Sara

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Ziti Pasta
  • 1 Tbls Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage Links or ground
  • 1 Yellow Onion diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbls Italian Seasoning
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 32 oz Marinara Sauce
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Basil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350'F and grease a 9x13 baking dish
  • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions and set aside
  • Slice the Italian sausage links into rounds and heat a large skillet over medium/low heat with olive oil
    Brown the sausage until mostly cooked through and add in the onions, garlic, salt and pepper flakes - sauté another 3 minutes and remove from heat
  • Toss the pasta, marinara sauce and sausage mixture together
    Pour half of the pasta into the baking dish and dot with 8 oz of the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella
  • Add the remaining pasta and dot with the remaining ricotta cheese and cover with remaining cup of mozzarella
    Bake for 20 minutes and then broil for an additional 3-5 minutes to lightly brown the cheese on top (be careful not to burn)
  • Add fresh basil on top and enjoy!

Notes

Notes
  • I love to use sausage links cut up for this recipe, it gives a different texture, but you can also use ground Italian sausage as well
  • If you want to lower the fat content, you can use turkey or chicken sausage
  • Use gluten free pasta to make this a GF dish - our favorite GF pasta is from Jovial Foods
  • Serve this with my Lemony Kale and Arugula Salad for a well rounded meal
  • Store this in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days
 

Nutrition

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 483mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 677IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 2mg