Easy Baked Ziti Recipe (Dinner for Two)

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe (Dinner for Two)

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.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 to 3 servings
Calories 494kcal
Author Tracy


Special Equipment

  • Medium oven-safe skillet with a lid

Baked Ziti

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces (about 1 1/3 cup) uncooked ziti penne, or rigatoni
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage mild or hot, casings removed
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed or minced
  • Pinch Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (1oz) shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 cup (3oz) shredded mozzarella


Start Pasta

  • 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.


Calories: 494kcal