Cheesy Baked Ziti with Sausage

I had never made a baked pasta dish before this weekend, so I decided to give it a shot. I looked through tons and tons of recipes before deciding to make up my own. I also used a new recipe for sauce that I made by combining my favorite parts of different recipes. I definitely think this will be my new sauce recipe! I added the recipe for the sauce at the bottom of this post.

Baked Ziti

1 pound tube shaped pasta (I used mostaccioli because we had it in the pantry)
3 cups spaghetti sauce
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, cut into chunks and cooked
1 cup grated Romano cheese, divided
8 oz. mozzarella, diced
Shredded mozzarella

1. Cook pasta to al dente. Drain and put into a large bowl.

2. Toss pasta with 3 cups sauce, sausage, 1/2 cup Romano cheese, and diced mozzarella.

3. Pour into 13×9 glass baking dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup Romano cheese and handful of shredded mozzarella sprinkled on top.

4. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake additional 15 minutes until sauce and cheese are bubbling.

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18 Responses to “Cheesy Baked Ziti with Sausage”

  1. Anonymous on May 18, 2007 at 8:15 am

    I tried this recipe last night and it was GREAT!!! I followed the link to your blog from a post you did on The Nest. I am going to try several other recipes I saw here. Thanks so much. Keep posting these recipes!!!!


  2. Kayte on June 29, 2007 at 8:25 am

    i somehow missed this new spaghetti sauce recipe! it looks great. i will have to try it this way the next time i make sauce.


  3. Izzah on February 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

    where is the speghetti sauce? i havent seen any link.. 😀


  4. Michelle on February 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Izzah,

    My apologies for the omission, here is the link to my spaghetti sauce recipe:

    Enjoy! :)


  5. Robin S. on April 2, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Ziti is my signature dish…I’ve gotten rave reviews every time I made it over the years and its sooooo easy to prepare….I love it and I make it all the time. That’s real comfort food drenched in cheese and sauce. It doesn’t get any better. I use a mixture of hot and mild sausages and at least 3 different kinds of tomato sauces and cheeses…I season it really well and wait for it to get all bubbly.
    Think I’ll make some tomorrow…Yummmmm!


  6. Michelle on April 21, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Baked Ziti is my claim-to-fame in our family. Next time try adding some Ricotta – it is to die for! Loving your site by the way!


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