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Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Sausage easy dinner recipe | lecremedelacrumb.com

Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Sausage

This easy, 35-minute Baked Ziti with Ricotta and Sausage pasta dish packs a ton of flavor into every bite.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 653kcal
Author Tiffany


  • 1 pound ziti pasta cooked al dente according to package instructions, drained
  • 4 links (about 1 pound) cooked Italian sausage sliced ½-inch thick
  • 1 32-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 1 15-ounce container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup each fresh basil and parsley leaves chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 9x13 inch pan. 
  • In a large bowl, stir together the cooked ziti, sausage, and all but 1 cup of marinara sauce. Spread half of the ziti mixture in the bottom of your prepared pan. 
  • Spoon half of the ricotta and mozzarella evenly over the top. Top with the rest of the ziti mixture, then remaining ricotta, mozzarella, and reserved marinara sauce.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and cheese is melted. Sprinkle the basil and parsley over the ziti and serve warm.


Flavor tip: for even more cheesy goodness, add 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese along with the mozzarella. 
Flavor tip: I like to use spicy Italian sausage in this recipe! 
Veg it up: add 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves along with the cheese for a delicious, nutritious boost!


Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 221mg | Iron: 2mg