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Best Ziti Ever

"Ziti is layered with sausage, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce, then baked until bubbling."
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1 h servings 696 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 696 kcal
  • 35%
  • Fat:
  • 28.5 g
  • 44%
  • Carbs:
  • 71.3g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 36.6 g
  • 73%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 75 mg
  • 25%
  • Sodium:
  • 1617 mg
  • 65%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Place sausage in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside. In a large saucepan, heat marinara with 1 teaspoon basil until bubbling. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with sauce. Layer 1/2 of the ziti, 1/2, the sausage, 1/2 of the ricotta, and 1/2 the mozzarella. Spoon half of the sauce over top. Repeat layers. Sprinkle top with remaining 1/2 teaspoons basil and Italian seasoning.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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  1. 439 Ratings

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Wow, this made so much food! We made some changes to the dish, and it was amazing! We only baked it for 35 minutes because the cheese on top was getting overdone on 350 degrees F. We used turkey...

Most helpful critical review

i was so excited to make this after reading other reviews. unfortunately, it was a bust. it LOOKED great but lacked flavor. not making again.

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Wow, this made so much food! We made some changes to the dish, and it was amazing! We only baked it for 35 minutes because the cheese on top was getting overdone on 350 degrees F. We used turkey...

This truly is the Best Ziti Ever. It makes an enormous amount of food, so this would be great to take to a pot luck dinner or just to serve a large family. The smell while it was cooking was a...

Like others, I found this recipe made waaaaay more than I thought it would. I'm really glad I cut it in half, as there are only two of us :). I added some sauteed mushrooms to the sausage layers...

This dish definitely gets five stars for taste! Remember though that it takes MANY dirty pans and dishes (ie pasta, sauce, saute- three different pans) to make this. BUT - it could be done we...

this is so good! its great to assemble beforehand then just cover with foil and pop it into the over for about an hour. i use sweet italian sausage and top wit grated quality parmesan. delicious...

This is a great recipe. I skiped the step to heat up the sauce, it was not needed and I didn't want to dirty another pan. The left overs were great the next day too! Highly recommend!

Rating again....GREAT! Family still loves it, and made it for the masses...awesome! Thanks again for a fab recipe! Yum!!!!!!!! I fed numerous neighbor kids...the family, and a couple of other...

I really liked this recipe, and it was awesome the next day too! What I did was instead of layering everything I mixed it all together and added 3 eggs (lightly beaten)on top and then added the...

Tasty! I made a healthier version using whole wheat pasta, low fat ricotta and shredded chicken rather than sausage. I also added parmesan to the mozzarella for a little more flavor and turned t...