Baked Ziti

My husband loves pasta, so we always have

it on hand for those last minute, quick & easy meals.  I had a bunch of

marinara sauce left over from a previous meal along with some Italian sausage but no

spaghetti noodles.

Searching through the pantry I found a box of penne,  which basically

sealed the deal of baked ziti.  I had everything on hand & it could be thrown together in under 45 minutes. Perfect!

My husband not only loved this, but had seconds, left overs the following day &

has mentioned this a couple times since we had it for dinner.

My favorite part was the yummy cheesy topping. It’s really the best part of baked ziti!! 😉

DSC_0403 a3 Italian sausage links, casing removed.

DSC_0407 aGrate Parmesan cheese.

DSC_0417 aAdd the sausage (browned) & ziti to your marinara sauce.

DSC_0418 aAdd the pasta to a glass pan, then cover with cheese & sprinkle with parsley.

DSC_0427 aBaked to perfection!


1 Box of Ziti or Penne

1 Jar of Marinara Sauce/ Homemade Sauce

3 Italian Sausage Links (Casing Removed)

Olive Oil

1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese

Parsley (Optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.
Fill a large pot with water & bring to a boil. Add a pinch of salt & a little olive oil to the water & bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add the pasta, cook about for 7 – 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  Remove the casing from the 3 sausages, cook on medium heat, breaking the sausage apart. Cook until evenly browned & drain.
  Add your pasta & sausage to the sauce & mix well.
  Pour mixture into a  glass 8”x 8” baking dish & top with mozzarella & Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese bubbles & turns a golden brown.
  Cool & Serve.

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