default_960_425 Quick & Tasty Baked Ziti

Quick & Tasty Baked Ziti

July 12, 2017


Craving comfort food but short on time and energy? This quick cheesy baked ziti will have everyone around the table in no time.


  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings


12 ounces Mueller's® Ridged Ziti or Ziti

1 pound bulk Italian sausage

1 (24-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

2/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese


1Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

2Cook pasta according to package directions; drain well; return to pot and set aside.

3While pasta is cooking, in a medium skillet over medium heat, add Italian sausage and cook until browned, stirring frequently. Drain excess fat.

4Add Italian sausage, spaghetti sauce, and Parmesan cheese to cooked pasta; stir well.

5Gently stir 1 cup mozzarella cheese into pasta mixture, and transfer the pasta to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella on top.

6Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F and cheese is melted.


Cook’s Tips:


Substitute seasoned ground turkey for the Italian sausage. 


Replace mixed-in mozzarella cheese by mixing one beaten egg with 1 cup ricotta cheese and add to recipe; continue recipe as instructed. 



3 Reviews

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Eileen B

February 21, 2022

This is my go-to baked ziti recipe. It is so easy and so tasty! And it’s easy to make up several at a time and put them in the freezer. Then, when I need to take a meal to someone, it’s ready to go. I even split some into half recipes for my husband and I to eat, and it lasts us for two to three meals.

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Judy M

January 27, 2022

Sounds like a great meal. I want to make for a friend who recently had surgery and so it as a freezer meal. Do I make to the baking point and freeze? Or, go ahead and bake and freeze to just be warmed later?

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Cindy S

April 1, 2020

I made a huge casserole of this as a gift to some family members ….it was absolutely delicious and thye loved it! A wonderful comfort casserole bursting with flavor. They served it with a side of vegetables and it was large enough to have leftovers the next day. I highly recommend ..wonderful !

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