Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)

This easy, cheesy pasta recipe features ziti, turkey sausage, canned tomatoes, and fresh basil. It's a perfect pasta dish for busy weeknights.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.

Step 3

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 4

Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Top with half of mozzarella and half of Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Ratings & Reviews

AnnetteJ2201's Review

June 25, 2013
Very good! I used mild italian sausage. Per other reviews, I added some green bell pepper in with the onion. I increased the tomato paste to half the small can and used two thirds of a 12 oz bag of whole wheat penne. This was enough to fill up a 9x 13 pan. i think it would have been too dry if I used the amount of pasta called for in the recipe. My husband and nephew said it was awesome. Served with big salad and garlic bread.

rmiller415's Review

January 20, 2010
This was great! Couldn't find hot turkey sausage, so I used jennie-0 sweet and added a bunch of red pepper flakes. I would like there to be just a little more tomato sauce and a little less pasta, so I will probably adjust next time, but overall a wonderful dish with great flavor!

jmeleeS's Review

April 09, 2013
I have made this pasta at least twice a year since it first appeared in C.L. magazine - both my husband and I LOVE the recipe and it feeds a real crowd. A few hints / tricks - undercook your pasta a bit (a lot if using whole wheat) as the pasta will continue to cook in the bake time; always use fresh basil; feel free to use the whole 4 oz can of tomato paste instead of just 2 tbsp (makes it so the bake is not watery in the slightest and there is no waste from the paste), and for the last 3 minutes of the bake, broil on high to get that gorgeous crisp browned topping! We find that Jennie-O hot italian turkey sausage links are the best in this dish, and frequently sub out 1/2 of the moz cheese for provalone just to give it a little more pizzaz. Simple and easy to make with dynamite flavors. If you haven't tried this one already, put it on your menu list and try it out immediately! Enjoy!

MeghanWelsh's Review

January 21, 2012
Easy and flavorful. We substituted the ziti with whole grain penne. We really enjoyed this.

smarty's Review

November 12, 2008
My husband loves this, but he loves anything pasta. We've made it a few times and it's easy and good. But, I always feel like it's a little dry.

jessicalosesit's Review

February 07, 2011
Changed the sausage out for 1# of ground beef and also added 1# of cut up grilled chicken...aslo added a little chopped green peppers...I made 4 casseroles this day and my husbands favorite by far was this recipe just changed up a bit on the ingredients. Thank you!

GeorgeNC's Review

January 19, 2010
I made this dish last night. It was very good but I did make a few changes. I used sweet Italian sausage. Buffalo Mozzarella, Padano parmesan. For true taste 2tsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp sugar just before combining. For a kick I used crushed red pepper to taste about 2 tsp. Served this with baby green salad with oil and vinegar also with warm ciabatta bread with garlic olive oil.

olst0013's Review

August 23, 2009
Was Yum! I followed a mix of some of the reviews prior - i added probably half the can of tomato paste, some italian seasoning, extra garlic, and used a fresh tomato instead of one of the cans of tomoatoes. Was delish!

tmgcooks's Review

November 04, 2008
Yes, a good, solid recipe to build on. I added 1 cup red and green bell pepper strips and 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes after the sausage was browned. Substituted a 28oz jar of tomato and basil marinara for 1 can of tomatoes and the fresh basil. When adding the pasta, I also added 4 oz fresh baby spinach. With the extra veggies, I needed the additional sauce. Result was wonderful--colorful and tasty.

Gviolette's Review

July 11, 2012