Baked Ziti

Recipe by Team Rocco
READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • To make the Sauce:
  • In a large pot, brown Italian sausage over medium high heat until cooked through. About 5 minute.
  • Reduce heat to medium, add onion and garlic. Cook until opaque. About 3-4 minute.
  • Combine tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt/pepper with onion, garlic, meat mixture and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and cook covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Baked Ziti:
  • Cook pasta according to package, generally about 9-11 minutes for al dente.
  • Halve the mozzarella. Cut half the portion into cubes, and the other half into thin slices (should look like discs, which will go on top of the pasta).
  • Combine drained pasta with sauce, cubed mozzarella, 1/2 the parmesan cheese, and a pinch of red pepper.
  • Place the combined pasta/sauce/cheese into a buttered 9x13 pan (I like to use my Le Crueset, presents better at the table).
  • Top with remaining mozzarella slices and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in a 400°F oven for 45 minutes until the pasta is bubbly and the cheese is golden brown.