Recipe By Ashley
Published Apr 14th
Prep 30m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 60m
Servings 8 servings Calories 649.4

This is quite possibly the one thing that I am constantly asked to make. This is a ziti with a lot of flavor.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry ziti pasta
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. 2 Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the ziti, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. 3 While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, and cook and stir until brown, about 10 minutes. Drain sausage and set aside.
  4. 4 Stir together the ricotta, egg, onion, garlic, and oregano in a large bowl until well combined. Stir in the drained pasta, the drained sausage, salt, pepper, and 1/2 jar of the spaghetti sauce; mix well.
  5. 5 In the prepared baking dish, cover the bottom with 1/3 jar of spaghetti sauce. Layer 1/2 of the pasta mixture, 1/3 jar of spaghetti sauce, and 1/2 of the shredded cheese. Then layer the remaining 1/2 of the pasta, 1/3 of the sauce, and 1/2 of the cheese. Sprinkle with basil. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  6. 6 Bake in the preheated oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Uncover; return to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, 5 to 10 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 649.4
  • Carbohydrate 68.9 g
  • Cholesterol 85.5 mg
  • Fat 27.4 g
  • Fiber 5.9 g
  • Protein 30.7 g
  • Saturated Fat 12.3 g
  • Sodium 1485.1 mg
  • Sugar 14.9 g


  1. did not like this at all!! tasted like a jar of spaghetti sauce soup
  2. Very good basic recipe. I made modifications to suit my family's tastes. I used ground chuck vs sausage (family does not care for it) and sauteed the onion and garlic with it. Used a can of diced tomatoes to mix into the ricotta cheese, egg, etc. Because it can be a little bland, used allot - Read more ...
  3. I made the full recipe as is, but used low-fat cheese and whole wheat pasta. I do not believe this had any negative impact on taste. I opted to split it into (2) 8x8 pans as it really makes a large portion. One of which I baked & served that evening, and the other I - Read more ...
  4. I made this recipe to feed a hungry group during a ski weekend and it was amazing! Both the picky adults and the pickier children loved it. I increased the amount of sausage slightly and used italian style turkey sausage. I prepared the recipe up through step 5 and then put the tray in the - Read more ...
  5. This recipe and it's contents is wonderful. A bit more Italian Sausage is needed for our taste. Great recipe!
  6. This recipe was delicious! My husband had a few friends over when I made this and I barely had any leftovers! I will definitely make this again - recipe needs no changes.
  7. Very Good. I added a 1/2 lb of ground beef and mushrooms to the mixture. I also mixed mozzarella cheese in the layers and topped it off with parmesan cheese. This was very good and enjoyed by my family. Thanks for the great recipe.
  8. Everytime I've eaten baked ziti it's always been dry and flavourless, but this recipie is EXCELLENT! I love it!! I followed the recipe the same other than cooking the onions and garlic with the sausage since I don't like raw onions. The noodles stayed nice and soft and were sooo creamy and delicious!
  9. I make a similar recipe, minus the ricotta. I use hot Italian sausage instead of the mild for a little kick. This is an excellent dish for a busy day, easy to put together and bake.

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