Italian Sausage and Ziti

At some point in the last month or two I planned on making a baked pasta dish. Originally it was going to be pretty basic with probably just sauce and pasta, maybe some cheese and bake until bubbly. When I finally got around to making it last week I changed my plans last minute. Forget the baking and even the cheese. I know… oh the horror! I left out cheese. *here’s a tissue* I promise this recipe doesn’t need it. I might be shot for saying this but not ever pasta dish needs melty ooey gooey cheese. There is a time and place for it.

This is a pretty basic recipe, requiring little time and effort on your part. The best part is you can change it up to your liking.  Use different meat, add more or less of one thing or another and obviously even use a different type of pasta. Make it your own! How could you not love a recipe like that?

Italian Sausage and Ziti

Super comforting Italian sausage and ziti. Classic comfort food, perfect for any night of the week!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 C yellow onion
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1/2 lb pasta
  • 1 jar favorite pasta sauce
  • Parmesan cheese for topping


  • In a medium saucepan, cook pasta to your liking.
  • Meanwhile, mince garlic and slice onion into thin half rounds, set aside. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When pan is warm, add garlic and onions. Stir constantly so to not burn the garlic. When onions are translucent add meat. Break up meat while cooking. Spoon out excess fat as needed. When meat is cooked through, remove from heat.
  • Drain pasta, transfer to a large bowl. Pour sauce over pasta, stir to coat. Add sausage, onion and garlic to pasta. Stir until meat and onions are dispersed throughout. Divide among dishes or transfer to a large serving bowl. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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22 Responses to “Italian Sausage and Ziti”

  1. #
    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — October 5, 2011 at 9:58 am

    LOVE this. I’m from NJ and am part Italian (not jersey shore italian :P) so meals like this were a staple of my childhood. Sausage and peppers, lasagna, baked ziti. Sometimes with spinach. Sometimes with meat. Always with lots of cheese. Yum!

    What I love about this recipe is that you can make a big batch then freeze it in individual serving sizes. Perfect for those nights you forget to plan anything or just want to be lazy.

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — October 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Can’t beat this! Looks fabulous!

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    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — October 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I think it’s awesome that you caught the fly in flight. Very cool. My family knows to just “start without Mom”. :) Great post and the baked ziti looks delish.

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    Tracey — October 5, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Haha, I’m with Heather – my husband always starts eating his dish while I photograph mine. Love this baked pasta, such good comfort food!

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    Feast on the Cheap — October 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Is it just me or does ziti-shaped pasta actually just TASTE better. Looks fabulous!

  6. #
    in katrinas kitchen — October 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Yes sign me up for a big bowl now and another for tomorrow too! Yum!

  7. #
    Anne@frommysweetheart — October 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I could eat ziti every week! And this looks so yummy! Your ‘visitor’ was making a bee line for it too! (And I love your bowl!)

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    Kim Beaulieu — October 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love pasta bakes, whether they have cheese or not. This looks so good. I am now craving pasta big time. I love that last shot with the invader. Priceless! I have one with a fly on my food and I never noticed until I went to post it. Lol! I think I’m going to make a new rule that we eat hot food once and week and not blog about it. Cold food is such a pain.

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    marla — October 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Wish we had this for dinner tonight :)

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    Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having — October 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Love simple pasta dishes like this!

  11. #
    Carolyn — October 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    See, recipes like this are the reason I need to have pasta once in a while, even if it means running a few miles afterwards to keep my glucose levels down. Love it!

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — October 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I love a big bowl of baked pasta on a nice cold day! So satisfying…

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — October 5, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Looks perfect! I am not a big fan of cheese, so I love seeing a comforting bowl of pasta without all the gooey cheese!

  14. #
    Ann — October 6, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Delicious! Isn’t it amazing how a last minute change of plans always turns out tasting the best?! This looks incredible!

  15. #
    Rochelle — October 6, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Love this. Thanks for posting this recipe. I love pastas and Italian cuisine. Going to def try this out! :)

  16. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — October 6, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I’d want to start eating this pasta right away too! It looks soooo good. Love the addition of the extra hot Italian sausage. YUM! :)

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    Parsley Sage — October 6, 2011 at 7:41 am

    No cheese!!?? *Cries*

    I trust you though. I really does look lip-smacking :)


  18. #

    Even though I love cheese, it does have its time and place. This looks fantastic, even with the omission. When I was in Italy, I don’t remember any of the dishes having an overwhelming amount of cheese (not that I would have minded if they had!).

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    Robyn | Add a Pinch — October 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    This looks so comforting and yummy!

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    Helen @Helen's Cooking — October 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Have never cooked ziti before, no seriously:-) So, will have to try your recipe:-) It looks yummy! Pictures are great I bet the taste is even better!!!!

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    Kita — October 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I agree that not every pasta dish needs cheese- actually, I like a lot of them without it, its just a matter of getting Handsome to agree with me…. lol. These do look like they need a fork before that unexpected guest gets any closer.


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