Ziti with Italian Sausage

Ziti with Italian Sausage

138 Reviews 5 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    1 h 15 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 30 m
George Couch
Recipe by  George Couch

“This recipe is a complete meal. Just add a loaf of fresh bread and you're ready.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage with celery and onion until sausage is evenly browned, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain excess grease, and set aside.
  2. In another skillet over medium-low heat, combine tomatoes, tomato sauce, garlic powder, salt, and oregano. Simmer while preparing pasta.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a 3 quart baking dish, layer ziti, mushrooms, sausage, mozzarella cheese, and sauce. Repeat layers, and top with grated Parmesan.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned and bubbly.

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I thought this was great - I read the other reviews and made some modifications: I used a whole cup each of chopped onion and celery, and I used a 28 oz. can of tomato sauce. I used fresh crushed garlic, fresh and dried basil, fennel seed, white pepper, and a pinch of hot pepper flakes. And less salt. I used part skim mozzarella to bring down the fat content and instead of canned mushrooms I used a pound of fresh, sliced mushrooms. The many layers shown here by keeping the mushrooms, sauce, and sausage mixture separate seemed too time consuming, so I mixed those together, and my layers were simply pasta, sauce, cheese, repeat. I also added some fresh chopped parsley to the top before baking it for 25 minutes. We really enjoyed it with a loaf of french bread, and it makes lots - I'm happy to have yummy leftovers!



This is great, but the second time I made it I made modifications: I sauteed the sausage along with the vegetables, and then just added the tomatoes and seasonings. I made extra sauce by using a 28 oz. can tomatoes (ran them through the food processor) and an extra 8 oz. tomato sauce, adding extra seasonings as well. I also used fresh mushrooms, and just sliced them and cooked them in the sauce. Instead of layering everything, I just mixed the cooked pasta together with the sauce and layered that with the cheese (using lots more cheese than called for). I ended up with two layers of sauce/cheese. I was looking for something very saucy and cheesy, and that was pretty much perfect!



I found that this recipie didn't use nearly enough sauce. I would triple the sauce on this. 45 minutes in the oven may also be too long. If everything is already cooked and fairly warm, it should only take 15-20 minutes in the oven. It came out very dry and near the edges the macaroni was crunchy. Definitely would be better with a lot more sauce and less time in the oven.

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 465 cal
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 52.3 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 24.6 g
  • 49%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 1620 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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