See how Johnsonville does comfort food! This delicious baked ziti dish is jammed with flavor and beautiful ingredients. Johnsonville Italian Sausages, eggplant, plum tomatoes, olives, basil, onions and garlic combine to create a symphony of flavors!

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
5 servings
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add sausage, crumble and cook until no longer pink and lightly browned. Drain and transfer into a large mixing bowl. Meanwhile prepare ziti according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water, cover and set aside.

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  • Using the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and cook until tender and lightly browned. Transfer to bowl with sausage.

  • Using the same skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until tender. Pour wine into skillet, increase heat to medium-high and continue to stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 10 minutes. To the bowl with the sausage mixture, add cooked pasta, basil, olives, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine ingredients.

  • Transfer mixture to a greased 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes longer, or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Tips

To streamline preparation, the same oven proof fry pan can be used for sauteing the vegetables and sausages on the stove top and then baking the pasta dish in the oven.

Nutrition Facts

956 calories; protein 48g 96% DV; carbohydrates 71.8g 23% DV; fat 51.5g 79% DV; cholesterol 118mg 39% DV; sodium 1792.6mg 72% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2013
Great recipe - and a great combination of flavors! The only thing I did differest was using fresh spinach instead of eggplant. I love the addition of the kalamata olives! This was a nice twist on regular baked ziti. It paired great with a garden salad warm bread and a glass of wine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2018
This recipe is not worth saving. Way too much cheese and the proportion of pasta to "sauce" is way off decrease the pasta to coat it all. Way too much sausage as well but then I noticed it was provided by Johnsonville so I guess that is why. Read More
20 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2013
Great recipe - and a great combination of flavors! The only thing I did differest was using fresh spinach instead of eggplant. I love the addition of the kalamata olives! This was a nice twist on regular baked ziti. It paired great with a garden salad warm bread and a glass of wine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2013
My family loved this recipe -- and it was fulling and I got two dinners out of one pan. Score! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2017
3.12.17 One comment would be to get your sausage/sauce going before you cook your pasta because IMO ideally you want to mix in the pasta right after you drain it. The sausage/sauce mixture takes a while so if the pasta sits out too long after being drained (like mine did today) it tends to dry out and flatten the tubular pasta. Not a big deal but that s what I lll do next time. After I mixed everything together it seemed VERY dry so I did add in some tomato juice for fear of this drying out too much in the oven. Used hot sausage loved the kalamata olives (probably will add even more next time and maybe some red pepper flakes) and I may even add a small can of tomato sauce. This recipe makes a lot and in this house it s probably 7-8 servings (but we're not big eaters) when served with salad and hot bread. Thoroughly enjoyed and looking forward to some yummy leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2013
If you love Mediterranean flavors you will love this dish. I followed the recipe with the exception of using dried basil instead of the fresh. I also didn t bother with broiling the cheese at the end because my results when I use a broiler are usually disastrous. We enjoyed this dish and thought it was very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2017
Mixed it up the night before then baked it topped with mozzarella and Parmesan for lunch the next day. Just delicious but takes many Ingredients and a bit of time to make. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2017
This is dish is definitely what I would a call hearty stick to your ribs meal. My grocery store didn t have ground Italian sausage so I used the links and just removed the casings. If anyone is concerned about using wine don t worry you can t taste it. The wine adds another layer of flavor to this dish as did the eggplant. We will have this one again soon. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2018
This recipe is not worth saving. Way too much cheese and the proportion of pasta to "sauce" is way off decrease the pasta to coat it all. Way too much sausage as well but then I noticed it was provided by Johnsonville so I guess that is why. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/17/2013
I tried this recipe and with the recommended amount of red wine the sauce ended up tasting exactly like red wine. I had to dilute it with water and then when that didn't work added in cheese to change the taste and texture. I wouldn't make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2018
I ve made this recipe twice with no alterations and it s absolutely DELICIOUS!!! My family LOVES it. We will enjoy over and over again. Read More