Savory Sausage Baked Ziti: A Hearty Italian Feast


Delight in the rich and robust flavors of our Savory Sausage Baked Ziti. This classic Italian dish combines tender ziti pasta with spicy sausage, smothered in a zesty tomato sauce and layers of gooey cheese. It's a hearty and satisfying meal that's perfect for family gatherings or a comforting weeknight dinner.

Savory Sausage Baked Ziti: A Hearty Italian Feast

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 8 people. 
  • Each serving includes a generous portion of baked ziti.

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 550 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 60 mg
  • Sodium: 870 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g


  • Ziti pasta: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Italian sausage, casing removed: 450 g (1 lb)
  • Onion, chopped: 1 medium
  • Garlic, minced: 2 cloves
  • Canned crushed tomatoes: 800 g (28 oz)
  • Tomato paste: 60 g (2 oz)
  • Ricotta cheese: 240 g (1 cup)
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded: 300 g (3 cups)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated: 100 g (1 cup)
  • Olive oil: 2 tbsp
  • Italian seasoning: 1 tbsp
  • Salt and pepper: to taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F).
  2. Cook ziti according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook sausage, onion, and garlic until sausage is browned.
  4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the cooked ziti with the sausage sauce. Stir in ricotta cheese and half of the mozzarella.
  6. Transfer to a baking dish. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • For a spicier dish, use hot Italian sausage or add red pepper flakes to the sauce.
  • To prevent the pasta from becoming too soft, undercook it slightly before baking.
  • Let the baked ziti rest for a few minutes after baking for easier serving.


Can I make this dish vegetarian?

Yes, omit the sausage and add vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini.

How do I store and reheat leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat in the oven or microwave.

Can I prepare baked ziti ahead of time?

Absolutely. Assemble the dish, refrigerate, and bake when ready to serve.