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 15minutes
Cook Time 35minutes
Total Time 50minutes
1lbItalian Sausage Linksor ground
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!
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