Skillet-Baked Ziti With Sausage

Total Time
1hr 3mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 33 mins

America's Test Kitchen

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; preheat oven to 475°.
  2. Pulse tomatoes in food processor until coarsely ground and no large pieces remain, about 12 pulses.
  3. Cook sausage in 12-inch ovensafe nonstick skillet over med-high heat, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in garlic and pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir in processed tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  6. Decrease heat to med-low and simmer gently until tomatoes no longer taste raw, about 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in water and pasta.
  8. Cover and increase heat to med-high, and cook at vigorous simmer, stirring often, until pasta is tender, 15-18 minutes.
  9. Stir in cream, Parmesan, and basil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over top.
  11. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until cheese is melted and browned, 10-15 minutes; serve.
Most Helpful

I love this recipe. It is, by far, my all-time favorite comfort food in fall/winter (or anytime, for that matter!). It's super easy and is restaurant quality food.<br/><br/>I have never made any modifications to this recipe - I've never needed to.<br/><br/>Woohoo!

Kris P. September 30, 2013

I normally don't rate a recipe when I have made changes, but I will with this one! My DH raved abut this dish!! I make a habit of trying new recipes that will use up what I have in stock. I used a wide egg noodle...had only crushed tomatoes on hand.....used dried basil...added some mushrooms ...had some fresh whipping cream that had been whipped...and fresh mozarella cheese. I can only imagine what this would taste like if I used the proper ingredients that was posted! I thought the serving portions were definately out and could easily have feed 6-8 people with maybe a salad or garlic bread added (depending on appetites and gender) I know my SIL's would scoft this down in a flash! Great for week night or casual meals. But the best part of this dish was that it was fast and easy! I would certainly do this recipe again

Abby Girl April 15, 2013