THE BEST BAKED ZITI RECIPE




A saucy, cheesy Baked Ziti Recipe! With a robustly flavored homemade tomato sauce (made with Italian sausage), ricotta and melty, bubbly mozzarella cheese, this is comfort food at its finest.
Baked Ziti is a great, comforting dinner option and tastes great served with a side salad (I like serving it with broccoli salad) and a warm homemade biscuit.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ziti or Penne noodles 455g
  • 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 5 cloves minced garlic 1 heaping Tablespoon
  • 1 onion finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage I’ve used Sweet Italian and Mild (455g)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 24 oz tomato sauce 680g
  • 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes undrained (400)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil loosely packed
  • 1 heaping cup ricotta cheese 280g
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese 170g
  • ? cup grated parmesan cheese 60g


Instructions


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lightly butter the sides and bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Set aside.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package instructions, cook al dente. Drain, rinse under cold water, and mix with two teaspoons of olive oil.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare your sauce. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. add onion and cook until translucent (3-5 minutes). add garlic and cook until fragrant (30 seconds).
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