Community Recipe
from [pmay25]

Baked Ziti

  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook time: 45 Minutes


  • 1 pound(s) Cooked Ziti Pasta
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 pound(s) Mozzarella Cheese half cut into 1/2 inch cubes and half thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup(s) Parmesan Cheese divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Ground Pepper
  • 1 pinch(s) Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 tablespoon(s) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 pound(s) Seet Italian Sausage casings removed and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoon(s) Diced Onion
  • 3 whole(s) Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 3 1/2 cup(s) Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 sprig(s) Fresh Thyme
  • 1 sprig(s) Fresh Basil
  • 2 teaspoon(s) Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2. Prepare tomato sauce (see below)

3. Toss cooked ziti pasta with the tomato sauce, cubed mozzarella, half the Parmesan cheese, black pepper, and

pepper flakes.

4. Transfer the pasta to an oiled 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Cover the top of pasta with with the sliced mozzarella,

and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Bake until lightly browned and hot, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tomato Sauce preparation:

1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the sausage until beginning to brown, about 3


2. Add the onion and garlic to saucepan. Stir until lightly browned, about 3 minutes more.

3. Add tomatoes and herb sprigs, bringing entire mixture to a boil.

4. Lower the heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.

5. Use now (see above) or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Cook's Notes

If you like your food a bit spicier, go with the spicy Italian sausage. I always do! If you can't find tomatoes in puree,

use a can of tomatoes (drained) with a separate can of puree. Sometimes its better to add a bit more puree than

the recipe calls for, otherwise its a bit dry. Enjoy!

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