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Baked Ziti with Sausage Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Who doesn't love a great meal of melty cheese, layers of pasta and sausage? This easy baked ziti dish is comfort food for the whole family! It can be made ahead or even makes a great freezer meal!


Units Scale
  • 16 oz Ziti Pasta
  • 1 lb. Italian Sausage
  • 1 cup Minced Onion
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs Italian Seasoning
  • 2 (26 oz) Cans Pasta Sauce
  • 6-8 Provolone Cheese Slices
  • 1 1/2 cups Sour Cream
  • 2-3 cups Italian Blend or Mozzarella Cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the ziti according to package directions until nearly al dente'.
  3. Drain and set cooked pasta aside.
  4. Mince the onion.
  5. Heat a frying pan or large skillet over medium heat and brown the sausage with the minced onion and garlic.
  6. Drain the excess grease from the cooked sausage and discard it.
  7. Stir the Italian seasoning into the sausage.
  8. Spray a deep 3.5 quart casserole dish with non stick cooking spray.
  9. Dump 1/2 the cooked ziti in the bottom of the dish.
  10. Pour one can of sauce over the ziti.
  11. Sprinkle on 1/2 of the sausage.
  12. Layer the provolone cheese in an even layer over the sausage.
  13. Spread the sour cream over the top of the provolone the best you can.
  14. Add rest of pasta.
  15. Pour second can of pasta sauce over the ziti.
  16. Sprinkle rest of sausage then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese or Italian Cheese.
  17. Cover the ziti dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  18. The cheese should be melted and golden brown.
  19. Cool slightly before serving and garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  20. Store leftover baked ziti covered with plastic wrap or with the lid to the casserole dish.


  • This casserole may be assembled and then frozen OR frozen after baked.  If you are freezing after baking make sure the baked ziti is completely cooled and chilled all the way through before freezing.
  • Nutritional Disclaimer

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