Ziti is layered with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbling.

Dawn

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

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  • Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat pasta sauce with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

  • Spread bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with sauce. Layer 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2, the sausage, 1/2 of the ricotta, and 1/2 the mozzarella. Spoon half of the sauce over top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 teaspoons basil and Italian seasoning.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

631 calories; protein 36.3g; carbohydrates 63.1g; fat 25.3g; cholesterol 71.8mg; sodium 1350.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2010
I made this using ground turkey instead of sausage to cut down a little on fat. I also made my own tomato sauce, and added some parmesan and an egg to the ricotta, then layered the whole thing like you would lasagna. I really liked the ease of assembly, versus lasagna which takes forever. I froze part of it for later, and it froze wonderfully. Such a good, easy casserole that can be made ahead of time. I adjusted seasonings a lot to suit our tastes, and used fresh garlic and onion, but the idea was the same. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/05/2012
Used sliced sausage sauteed with diced onion because that is what we had on hand. Next time we would put some oregano garlic and red pepper flakes. Read More
(4)
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  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2010
I made this using ground turkey instead of sausage to cut down a little on fat. I also made my own tomato sauce, and added some parmesan and an egg to the ricotta, then layered the whole thing like you would lasagna. I really liked the ease of assembly, versus lasagna which takes forever. I froze part of it for later, and it froze wonderfully. Such a good, easy casserole that can be made ahead of time. I adjusted seasonings a lot to suit our tastes, and used fresh garlic and onion, but the idea was the same. Thanks! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2011
Easy and really flavorful. I used parmesean and an egg in with the ricotta. Will definately make again. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2011
Made lots. Family wanted more sausage Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2012
YES! So yummy. Make it! Few changes I made: Add chopped onion garlic and green pepper to the (hot italian) sausage when browning. Also used fresh basil in the sauce instead of dried. That's it. So freakin' good I will definitely make this again - in place of boring old pasta and sauce. Read More
(8)
Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2011
Yum! I'm lazy and left the casing on sliced the sausage cut down on the cheese (only because we were short - we LOVE cheese around here) and used fresh basil instead of dried and it was awesome! I think it would have been just as good if I had made it per the recipe. Easy filling crowd pleaser! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/28/2011
Delicious, easy and just the right amount of seasoning. My boyfriend and family loved it. I was unsure about using the Classico sauce but it was as good as homemade. I used fresh basil instead of dried. I will definitely use this recipe again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2012
This was exceptional, love the sausage in it. I am not usually a huge fan of italian but this will be one that we make often. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2011
I made this dish for my Bunco group last night. They all raved about it and I had to print off copies for everyone! The only thing I would do differently next time would be to lay a piece of foil on top of the pan next time I bake it. My cheese got kind of dark. Could have been my oven. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2010
Great recipe I love Classico sauces! I did add egg to ricotta mix with some Italian seasonings and used ground beef instead of sausage. I think next time I will mix a little ground beef and sausage together. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/05/2012
Used sliced sausage sauteed with diced onion because that is what we had on hand. Next time we would put some oregano garlic and red pepper flakes. Read More
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