Baked Ziti

Meaty, tasty and cheesy, You will love this simple Baked Ziti for a hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy!

Jump to Recipe         Print Recipe

Meaty, tasty and cheesy, You will love this simple Baked Ziti for a hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy! #pasta #ziti #mozzarella #ricotta

Meaty, tasty and cheesy, You will love this simple Baked Ziti for a hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy!

Pasta is one of the go-to dishes I turn to whenever I am stuck for dinner ideas. Between the Filipino style lasagna, baked macaroni and tuna pasta, we have a good rotation of pasta dishes going on. Oh and not to mention my nanay’s spaghetti. It is the most frequent of all, because man, it is so good!

Now, to throw one more to the rotation, we have Baked Ziti. Easy, simple but oozing with cheesy goodness and meaty flavor.

Baked Ziti with a part scooped out from the side, showing the tasty interior.

I love the flavor imparted by the Italian sausage. I am so fond of that spicy, sweet meat with that bite of distinct flavor very close to pepperoni. I love it in everything and it definitely shines in this Baked Ziti.

And I did mention cheesy, of course. Baked ziti is loaded with the goodness of the combo of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan.

Shredded mozzarella cheese, a cup of cottage cheese and a bowl of parmesan cheese are some of the ingredients for Baked Ziti.

Pointers for Making Baked Ziti

  • If you can’t find ziti pasta, you can use penne.
  • Italian sausage is flavorful, you might not need to add salt to the sauce. You can season it or not as you prefer, depending on how salty the sauce and sausage you use. I used marinara sauce from the jar, and I ended up not needing to add salt.
  • Some recipes say to coat the boiled pasta with oil after draining. I find that the sauce adheres poorly to the pasta if I grease them so I prefer not to.
  • You can freeze baked ziti after it is baked. Just store in a covered, freezer- safe container for up to two weeks.
  • You can make this dish ahead by prepping it right before baking. Store it assembled, covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

The pasta all layered and ready to be topped with more cheese.

Then dig in! Sometimes, a good, comforting meal such as this Baked Ziti, a savory indulgence, is necessary for life.

Now call your troops, pass on the plates, feast on this warm, fresh from the oven Baked Ziti and end the day with a full heart, and stomach.

Fresh from the oven Baked Ziti with the melty cheese on top.

 

More savory recipes:

Baked Ziti with a part scooped out from the side, showing the tasty interior.

Baked Ziti

Meaty, tasty and cheesy, You will love this simple Baked Ziti for a hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy!
No ratings yet
Print Pin Rate
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ziti
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 287kcal
Author: sanna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ziti or penne
  • 1 lb italian sausage bulk
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 650 ml marinara sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  • In a large pot, boil water and add the pasta. Cook according to package directions. Drain.
  • Heat oil in a large pan. Cook the sausage over medium-high heat until brown. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the garlic, pepper flakes, Italian seasoning and the marinara sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Let boil for 5 minutes. Turn off heat.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Drop dollops of half of the ricotta cheese on top. Combine the pasta and 1/2 of the remaining sauce and stir until all the pasta is coated. Add the pasta to the baking dish in an even layer. 
  • Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta. Spread evenly and drop dollops of the remaining ricotta cheese. Sprinkle the parmesan and mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

Notes

Nutrition Facts
Baked Ziti
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 536mg23%
Potassium 308mg9%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 129mg13%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 536mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1.4mg

 

Meaty, tasty and cheesy, You will love this simple Baked Ziti for a hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy! #pasta #ziti #mozzarella #ricotta

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.