Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Baked Ziti with Sausage

This baked ziti is a great recipe for parties, potlucks and holidays, because it feeds a crowd. If you are looking for something that is kid-friendly, then this is a great recipe for that too. When I make this, I don't have to worry about any wining girls and most of the time, Natalee and Lydia are asking for seconds!  Although, this recipe  calls for mild Italian sausage, feel free to use hot sausage if you like spicy food. This recipe was taken from


  • 16 oz. ziti pasta
  • 8 oz. mild Italian sausage, casing removed, choppped
  • 4 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for "al dente." Drain.
  3. Brown sausage. Drain. Mix with 3 cups of the spaghetti sauce, the cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese and italian seasoning.
  4. Spread the remaining 1 cup f the spaghetti sauce in a 9 x 13 pan. Top with half of the ziti. Top with half of the sausage mixture. Top with remaining ziti and remaining sausage mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese over top.
  5. Cover and bake 20 minutes. Remove cover, and bake another 20-35 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  6. Let baked ziti rest 10 minutes before serving. 

**Make ahead directions: Follow recipe through step 4. Cover tightly with foil, and freeze. A day before you're ready to serve, thaw completely in the fridge overnight. Bake according to recipe directions. 

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