Baked Ziti Pasta Bake

    55 minutes

    Baked ziti is a classic Italian-American pasta bake, like lasagne but much easier. If you can't find ziti, penne is much the same. A really simple dinner everyone enjoys.


    Victoria, Australia
    13 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 500g Italian sausage, casings removed
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely diced
    • 1 (400g) tin diced tomatoes
    • pepper, to taste
    • 220g ziti or penne pasta
    • 200g mozzarella, grated

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil and preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
    2. Meanwhile, heat up a non-stick frypan and add the sausage meat. You probably won't need any oil. Break it up as it cooks. When browned, add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add tomatoes and their liquid and bring to a simmer. Season with some pepper and let gently simmer while cooking pasta.
    3. Boil pasta in the water until just tender but not overcooked. Drain but don't rinse - keep a little of the pasta water.
    4. Grease a casserole dish and add the wet pasta, sauce, and most of the mozzarella. Stir until well combined then top with remaining mozzarella. Bake until top is browned, about 30 minutes. Serve!

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    This is delicious and looks really good. Freezes well in portions for a quick and easy reheated meal. Just about to make another batch!  -  05 Sep 2014