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

Been making this for years - great recipe!

November 27, 2016
I've been making this recipe since it first appeared in Cooking Light magazine, so it's been years! This is great comfort food for colder weather, and very filling! I've been trying to watch my sodium intake, per doctor's orders, so I now use "no salt added" canned tomatoes and tomato paste. With all the cheese in the recipe, it still tastes plenty salty. It's definitely not a super-quick weeknight dinner, but it does reheat well, so I usually make it over the weekend and enjoy leftovers all week. I've even frozen and reheated it without compromising the texture too much. You can add additional veggies and seasonings to the sauce to suit your preferences. The recipe is also great as written.

Surprisingly tasty!

November 14, 2016
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was!  I used regular sweet Italian sausage and I added a small can of V-8 juice since several people said it was dry.  I baked it in an 11 x 13 glass dish for about 25 minutes.  It came out perfect!  I'll definitely make this again - I might add mushrooms next time.

Solid good comfort pasta dish

September 17, 2015
Love this simple recipe and made a few adjustments to it. Instead of cooking with sausages, I used grounded pork instead. Add black pepper, paprika, cajun, asian grounded chili flakes and salt to season the meat. For the sauce I used a can of chopped tomatoes with sauce and blended a half cup of sun dried tomatoes. Baked it to perfection using penne. leftovers are sooo good too, and the felt that the blended sauce gets more flavour into the pasta overall

crimegirl's Review

August 03, 2014
We love this at our house. I add extra garlic and use tomatoes spiced with basil and oregano. If I'm serving a big Sunday dinner I add a side Cesar salad and some garlic bread.

krazykate61682's Review

April 29, 2014
For a relatively simple dish - this recipe was the JAM. I put basil in the sauce to simmer and mixed more in and I ALWAYS put in extra garlic but damn - this was really good.

sukeedog's Review

December 18, 2013

Tonialee's Review

October 06, 2013
Can't wait to eat. Cooking it now.

Meshell128's Review

July 30, 2013
A little bland. If I make again I would need to add something to the recipe maybe sun dried tomatoes instead to add some flavor.

Kellilee's Review

June 29, 2013
I rarely make the same recipe twice. This recipe, however, is so easy to make and yummy that I've made it dozens of times. It's a simple dinner that serves many and the leftovers are delicious.

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.