This Easy Baked Ziti Recipe is a fabulous no-stress, no-fail dinner recipe that tastes great, looks beautiful, and couldn't be simpler to throw together.
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 45minutes
Servings 2to 3 servings
Medium oven-safe skillet with a lid
4ounces(about 1 1/3 cup) uncooked zitipenne, or rigatoni
1/2poundItalian sausagemild or hot, casings removed
3clovesgarlicpressed or minced
PinchRed Pepper flakes
114-ounce can crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1/4cup(1oz) shredded Parmesan
3/4cup(3oz) shredded mozzarella
Preheat oven to 475°F.
Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook ziti according to package instructions until just barely al dente. Don’t overcook the pasta as it will become too soft after baking. Drain and set aside.
While your water boils and pasta cooks, in a medium, oven-safe skillet with a lid, heat oil over medium heat. Brown sausage, breaking it into crumbles as it cooks. If there is a lot of grease in the pan, drain sausage or use a paper towel to absorb some of the grease.
Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Turn heat up to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cooked pasta, cream, Parmesan, and basil. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
Sprinkle mozzarella over the top and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve and enjoy!
Approximate nutritional information is for 3 servings.