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Best Ziti Ever with Sausage

Best Ziti Ever with Sausage

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Ziti is layered with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbling.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 631 kcal
  • 32%
  • Fat:
  • 25.3 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs:
  • 63.1g
  • 20%
  • Protein:
  • 36.3 g
  • 73%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Sodium:
  • 1350 mg
  • 54%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat pasta sauce with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with sauce. Layer 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2, the sausage, 1/2 of the ricotta, and 1/2 the mozzarella. Spoon half of the sauce over top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 teaspoons basil and Italian seasoning.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.
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Reviews

bakeaholic
17
11/18/2010

I made this using ground turkey instead of sausage to cut down a little on fat. I also made my own tomato sauce, and added some parmesan and an egg to the ricotta, then layered the whole thing like you would lasagna. I really liked the ease of assembly, versus lasagna which takes forever. I froze part of it for later, and it froze wonderfully. Such a good, easy casserole that can be made ahead of time. I adjusted seasonings a lot to suit our tastes, and used fresh garlic and onion, but the idea was the same. Thanks!

coachtom
11
6/17/2011

Easy and really flavorful. I used parmesean and an egg in with the ricotta. Will definately make again.

Cathy G.
11
2/16/2011

Made lots. Family wanted more sausage