Baked Ziti with Sausage


This baked ziti with sausage is quite possibly the one thing that I am constantly asked to make. It is full of flavor and delicious.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • cooking spray

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry ziti pasta

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage

  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

  • 1 large yellow onion, minced

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce, divided

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Italian cheese blend

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in ziti and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

  3. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage; cook and stir until brown, about 10 minutes. Drain sausage and set aside.

  4. Stir together ricotta, onion, egg, garlic, and oregano in a large bowl until well combined. Stir in pasta, sausage, salt, pepper, and the half jar of spaghetti sauce; mix well.

  5. Cover the bottom of the prepared baking dish with 1/3 of the full jar spaghetti sauce. Layer with 1/2 of the pasta mixture, 1/2 of the remaining spaghetti sauce, and 1/2 of the shredded cheese. Repeat layers once more using remaining pasta, sauce, and cheese. Sprinkle basil over top and cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Uncover; return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, 5 to 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

649 Calories
27g Fat
69g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 649
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1485mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 69g 25%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 418mg 32%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 812mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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