baked ziti with sausage

Baked Ziti with Sausage

This baked ziti with sausage and ricotta cheese is one of my family's favorite dinners.

Course Dinner
Keyword baked ziti with sausage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 420 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 oz ziti pasta, uncooked
  • 2 lbs Italian sausage (mild or hot)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • paprika

Instructions

  1. Cook the ziti according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.

  2. In medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and place sausage in skillet turned to medium heat.  Cook until browned.  Remove sausage from skillet and slice sausage into bite sized pieces.

  3. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat.  Add flour, stirring until smooth.  Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Gradually add the milk, cooker medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is thickened and bubbly.  

  4. Stir in 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Add in the ziti, stir well and set aside.

  5. Place half of the ziti mixture in a lightly greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish.  Top with the ricotta cheese mixture and half of the sausage.  Top with the remaining ziti mixture and sausages.  Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and paprika.

  6. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Genius Kitchen

Nutrition Facts
Baked Ziti with Sausage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 420 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 909mg40%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 225IU5%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 156mg16%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.