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Overhead photo of baked ziti in a skillet with a stripped towel and parmesan cheese.

Easy Baked Ziti with Sausage

Easy Baked Ziti with Sausage is the perfect dinner for a weeknight meal! It is hearty, cheesy and comes together in a snap. A real crowd pleaser for sure!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 693 kcal



  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1 25 ounce jar marinara
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan


  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions for "al dente". That means that it'll be slightly undercooked. This is what you want because the pasta will continue to cook in the sauce. 
  • Brown Italian sausage in a large skillet. Drain the excess fat and return the sausage to the pan. 
  • Add in marinara sauce and ziti pasta. Mix well. 
  • Spoon dollops of ricotta on top. 
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven until warmed through, about 30 minutes. 
  • Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle parmesan over the top. Place under the broiler for 2 - 3 minutes or until the top browns. Watch it closely so it doesn't burn! Remove from oven, sprinkle with basil. Serve. 


Nutrition information for estimation purposes only.


Calories: 693kcalCarbohydrates: 43.8gProtein: 39gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 14.6gCholesterol: 152mgSodium: 1608mgFiber: 1.4gSugar: 6.5g
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