Easy Baked Ziti

November 28, 2011

Baked pasta dishes are comfort food classics around here.  This is easier than most and it gets even easier if you use your favorite jarred sauce.  Since I haven’t found a commercially-prepared jarred sauce that I really like, I  made a double batch when I made Spaghetti and Sausage.  It’s really no trouble at all to double to even triple the recipe when making your favorite sauce and it freezes well.  I like to keep a couple of jars or ziploc bags in the freezer for a quick dinner.

As usual, I was cooking for a crowd and planning on leftovers when I made this dish.  For most occasions, a pound of pasta is plenty.  Just adjust everything else accordingly.

  • Ziti, 2 pounds
  • Italian Sausage, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
  • Red Sauce,  1 1/2 to 2 large jars
  • Ricotta Cheese, 48 ounces
  • Eggs, 2
  • Basil, a handful of fresh or a tablespoon dried
  • Mozzarella, 4 cups, shredded
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper

Put the water on for the pasta.  Preheat the oven to 350.

Remove the sausage from the casing.  Heat a little olive oil over medium to medium-high heat and brown the sausage.

While the sausage is cooking, combine the ricotta, eggs, basil, about half of the mozzarella and a little salt and pepper.

Stir a jar of sauce in with the sausage then remove it from the heat.  Cook the pasta until it’s barely al dente.

Drain the ziti and dump it into a lasagna dish or roasting pan.  Add the sausage/sauce mixture.

Stir in the ricotta mixture.

Ladle a little more sauce over the top.  If the whole thing seems dry go ahead and stir a little more sauce into the mix.

Top with the remaining mozzarella.

Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it’s all gooey and bubbly. If the cheese starts to get too brown, cover the pan with foil.

Let it stand a few minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

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1 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I just adore a great baked pasta dish! I haven’t had baked ziti in such a long time and now I know what’s on the menu for dinner :-)

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2 Amy November 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

I haven’t made baked ziti in a long time, but I’m trying this recipe next time I do. YUM!

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3 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet November 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’m coming to your house! That looks divine! :) I love baked ziti and yours looks delish!

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4 Feast on the Cheap November 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Oh goodness, way too close to dinnertime to be looking at this. On an empty stomach that is. Looks amazing

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