Baked Ziti with Sausage

Baked ziti is a classic Italian dish that is similar to lasagna but quicker and easier to make.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 1 hour 5 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hot Italian pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 package (16 oz.) ziti
  • ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage with onion and garlic, stirring to break up meat. When sausage is cooked, drain well. Add wine, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and tomato paste, stirring to blend; cook for 3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, milk, salt, and pepper; stir well. Add to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Cook pasta as directed on package until not quite al dente. Drain and add to skillet, stirring to coat. Pour into prepared baking dish and top with cheeses.
  • Bake until casserole is bubbly and cheese begins to brown, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hot Italian pork sausage
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ tsp. dried basil
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 package (16 oz.) ziti
  • ¾ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 3-quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage with onion and garlic, stirring to break up meat. When sausage is cooked, drain well. Add wine, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and tomato paste, stirring to blend; cook for 3 minutes.
  • In a small bowl combine flour, milk, salt, and pepper; stir well. Add to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Cook pasta as directed on package until not quite al dente. Drain and add to skillet, stirring to coat. Pour into prepared baking dish and top with cheeses.
  • Bake until casserole is bubbly and cheese begins to brown, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories530
Total Fat22g
Saturated Fat8g
Cholesterol55mg
Sodium790mg
Total Carbohydrate53g
Dietary Fiber4g
Sugars9g
Protein22g