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Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage


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  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti pasta
  • 4 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (1-lb.) package ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed torn fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 (8-oz.) package shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese



Step 1

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare ziti according to package directions for al dente.

2. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat 3 minutes. Add onion and garlic, and sauté 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add sausage, and sauté 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Add wine, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and next 3 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes.

3. Stir ricotta and 1 cup mozzarella cheese into hot cooked pasta. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer pasta mixture to prepared dish, and top with sausage mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

4. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly.

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