Perfect Baked Ziti Recipe

Perfect Baked Ziti Recipe


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A classic Italian pasta dish with bubbly cheese, spicy Italian sausage and lots of garlic.

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Serving Size / Yield

4 servings


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage, preferably bulk or ground meat of any type, or a combination
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs. minced garlic, optional
  • 1 28 oz. can tomatoes, chopped, with liquid
  • 1 lb. pasta
  • 1 lb. mozzarella, grated or chopped
  • Olive oil or butter as needed
  • 1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan, optional

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Bring large pot of water to boil; salt it. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Distribute meat in large skillet over medium high heat and cook, undisturbed, until browned on one side, about 5 minutes. Stir, cook another 2 minutes undisturbed, then add the onion and garlic, if using. Lower heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft; add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Simmer while cooking pasta, stirring and seasoning with salt and pepper to taste; do not let sauce become too thick.

Cook pasta until just tender; it should still be too hard to eat. Drain it (do not shake the colander; allow some water to cling to the noodles) and toss it with the sauce and half the mozzarella. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and spoon mixture into it. Top with remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan if using. Bake until top is browned and cheese bubbly, 20-30 minutes.

From: Mark Bittman

Reviews (2)

  • i like ziti I use store bought sauce and put mozzerrla on it and pop it in the oven with garlic butter

    Flag as inappropriate JacquiBauer  |  January 7, 2009

  • This is an exellent meal although I made a minor change at the last minute and added canned mushrooms and a small can of tomato sauce for moisture

    Flag as inappropriate DArezzo  |  August 6, 2008

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