Cheesy Tomato and Sausage Bake With Ziti Pasta

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 25 mins

Italian pork sausages can be used in place of turkey sausages, or use my Seasoning for Ground Pork (Italian-Style Sausage) in place of sausages. The jalapeno is optional add in for more heat, this is a delicious casserole!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 4-quart casserole dish.
  3. Cook the ziti pasta in salted boiling water until just al dente (do not overcook the pasta as it will cook more in the oven) drain, place in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Remove the casings from the sausage.
  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Add in the sausage, onion, garlic, chili flakes and jalapeno (if using) saute until meat is browned, stirring to crumble the meat with a spoon.
  7. Add in tomato paste and diced tomatoes with the juice; bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. In a large bowl combine the cooked pasta with the sausage/tomato mixture and chopped basil.
  10. Place half of the mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
  11. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese, then half of the Parmesan cheese.
  12. Repeat layers ending up with the Parmesan on top.
  13. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until bubbly.
  14. Delicious!


Most Helpful

Flavor wonderful, but a bit too dry. I will try again, but will use a jar of char-broiled tomato sauce and a can of the diced tomatoes for a more clingy but not overwhelming contribution of tomatoes. Easy to assemble. I prepared the sausage; put the water on for the pasta; by the time the veggies were chopped and cooked with the sausage the pasta was done.

creativecooking May 07, 2007

Wonderful dish! I also used Italian sausages, but only about 1 pound. Didn't use jalapeno and didn't have pepper flakes, so I used about 1 tsp chili powder. Also used dried basil and cheddar cheese. It takes a bit longer to make, so would probably make on a weekend next time. Thanks Kit!

WI Cheesehead February 14, 2007

Great recipe I used Italian sausages and it was an excellent meal. We will certainly be eating and enjoying this dish again.

fiery July 31, 2006

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