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Baked Ziti with Johnsonville Italian Sausage

Rated as 4.47 out of 5 Stars

"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!"
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1 h 5 m servings 956 cals
Original recipe yields 5 servings


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


  • 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

Per Serving: 956 calories; 51.5 g fat; 71.8 g carbohydrates; 48 g protein; 118 mg cholesterol; 1793 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 o...

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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 t...

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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 o...

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 t...

My family loved this recipe -- and it was fulling and I got two dinners out of one pan. Score!

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...

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.

Great recipe!!

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 i...

This is by far the best baked Ziti Recipe I've made! So flavorful and delicious with leftovers as well! I have read other reviews and honestly thought the recipe delivered exactly as written, ...

Always great with Johnsonville! So easy to make and always turns out like a gourmet dish. I alter the ingredients based on what I have on hand, but using the core ingredients you can't go wrong.