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Baked Ziti With Sausage

This decadent baked ziti with sausage recipe is savory Italian inspired comfort food with plenty of rich cheesy goodness to please the palate.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Baked Ziti With Sausage, Baked Ziti With Sausage Recipe, How Do I Make Baked Ziti With Sausage Recipe, How To Maske Baked Ziti With Sausage Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 674kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup carrot, finely grated
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, including juices
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 16 ounces ziti
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups (about 12 ounces) Mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parsley or fresh basil, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, Spray a 9X13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside
  • In a large pot, brown the sausage, crumbling into large pieces. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of drippings from pot. If you do not have that amount remaining, add olive oil to make up the difference.
  • Add the onion and saute, over medium-high heat, until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add the grated carrot, salt, and pepper, and saute until soft. Reduce the heat to low and add the garlic and Italian seasoning. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the browned sausage back to the pot. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, bay leaves, and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat immediately and simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes. Stir in cream and Parmesan cheese.
  • While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package instructions to al dente. Drain well and return to the pot. Pour the sauce over pasta and toss well to coat pasta.
  • Pour half of the pasta in the prepared baking dish then sprinkle 1/2 the mozzarella over the top. Repeat with remaining pasta and cheese.
  • Place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until heat through and bubbly, about 25-30 minutes. Top with parsley or basil and serve.


Serving: 1/12 of the recipe | Calories: 674kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 1370mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1305IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg | Calcium: 461mg | Iron: 2.6mg