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Baked Ziti

This baked ziti recipe is a family favorite. It’s quick to make, budget friendly and gets on the dinner table in no time at all. This recipe has been around since I was knee high to a grasshopper and my mother passed it down to me. Of course, I could not leave it alone with out making a tweak or two. Sorry mom.

It’s been a while since I made baked ziti because I have been working on other new dishes. But the teens have been bugging the heck out of me to make it again. So I decided to make it and share it with all of you. As with all my recipes make it your own. Leave out pepperoni if you don’t have it. It will still taste amazing.

Baked Ziti

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Baked Ziti, Paste
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • 16 oz Ziti
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 jar Spaghetti sauce
  • 3 oz Pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 cup Mozzarella shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil


  1. Preheat oven 350.

  2. Cook ziti according to package directions and drain

  3. While water is boiling for ziti, over medium heat add olive oil and brown sausage, onion and garlic.

  4. Once sausage has been cooked add spaghetti sauce and Italian seasoning and bring to a boil, lower heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes

  5. Add ziti to sausage and sauce mixture and fold to incorporate. 

  6. Place ziti into a 9×13 backing dish and top with mozzarella and the top with pepperoni. Cover with aluminum foil that has been sprayed with cooking spray

  7. Place into preheated oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes.

It is really that simple. A inexpensive, homemade dinner on the table in no time that even the sickest kids will enjoy and may even want seconds. Thanks for stopping by Life44… live, laugh, love & learn.

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