Cheesy Baked Ziti

  • Yield: 5 to 7 servings

"I was tired of trying ziti recipes that didn't taste good, so I made up my own. My family loves it. My dad says it is his favorite."


12ounces ziti pasta, cooked
12ounces spaghetti sauce
1pound Italian sausage, cooked
1/2pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Ricotta cheese mixture:
15ounces ricotta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/2teaspoon each dried basil, dried oregano, parsley flakes, ground pepper
1/4teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  3. Combine ricotta cheese mixture ingredients together in a bowl. Layer sauce, pasta, Italian sausage, ricotta cheese mixture and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
  4. Cover and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with bread sticks and salad.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: Fresh herbs and fresh garlic are good in the dish when available.

Carrie Lee, Tahlequah, Okla

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 800
  • Fat 40g
  • Saturated Fat 19g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 13g
  • Cholesterol 185mg
  • Sodium 1290mg
  • Potassium 520mg
  • Carbohydrate 64g
  • Fiber 3g
  • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 42g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Vitamin A 25%
  • Vitamin C 2%
  • Calcium 50%
  • Iron 15%