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Beautiful Baked Ziti Recipe
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Beautiful Baked Ziti

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Original recipe makes 1 9x13 pan Change Servings
  • PREP

    40 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Cook sausage links according to package directions; drain, cut into 1/4-inch slices.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sausage slices, pasta, pasta sauce, water, basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, pepper and mix well.
  3. Spoon mixture into a greased 9-in. x 13-in. baking dish. Arrange garlic bread slices on top of meat mixture. Sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
  4. In a small bowl, dip tomato slices into olive oil. Place one slice of tomato on each piece of bread.
  5. Bake uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with basil leaves. Serve.
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Sep 21, 2011

I like this recipe, I had been wanting some food from Olive Garden for the longest and couldn't get any, so I decided to make my own Olive Garden. I tried this recipe and my family loved it. The garlic bread and tomato was a wonderful idea. If I could add one suggestion it is that it needs salt, but other than that it was delicious

Mar 17, 2012

This was extremely easy to make and tasted amazing! I made it for a friend's birthday party and it was a hit! I used spicy Italian sausage in lieu of sweet sausage to give it a little more kick. I used store-bought garlic bread, but will try making my own with fresh bread next time. Great recipe!


10 Ratings

Oct 19, 2013

My husband was very pleased with this dish and loved the use of the Johnsonville sausage instead of ground beef. It was a nice twist putting garlic bread on top of the ziti. I would make this again, but, I would add some ricotta to the sauce mix next time for my personal preference.

Mar 24, 2013

Had family come for dinner today and everyone just loved this recipe. Rave reviews. Thanks so much for this recipe. I made this recipe exactly as posted. Absolutely delicious.

Mar 22, 2013

I thought this was a very tasty dish. The only thing different I did was to put the basil leaves under the tomatoes before cooking & sprinkled dried basil on top when finished for garnish, so to speak.

Oct 28, 2013

I didn’t have any fresh basil, but it still made a beautiful presentation. This made a hearty meal that we thought was very good. Next time though, I’ll add some sautéed onion just as a personal preference.

Mar 26, 2013

Very easy to make. Loved the garlic bread on top, it was a nice twist to a classic. My family really loved it.

Mar 15, 2013

So quick an easy to make with lots of flavor. I forgot the garlic bread but I know next time I will try the bread on it. Mmmm just thinking of it is making me hungry again!


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  • Calories
  • 645 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.5 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 72 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 36.8 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 4.9 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 29.3 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 1308 mg
  • 52%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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