Best Ziti Ever


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

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


  • 1 (16 ounce) package ziti pasta

  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 2 (24 ounce) jars marinara sauce

  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried basil, divided

  • 12 ounces ricotta cheese

  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided

  • 1 dash salt and pepper

  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded


  1. 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.

  2. 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 marinara with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.

  3. 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.

  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

696 Calories
29g Fat
71g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 696
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1618mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 627mg 48%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 891mg 19%

* 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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