Sausage Baked Ziti

When you have had a long day and you want a good meal, one of the absolute best things is comfort food.  Food also helps tie into your memories and helps you remember the best of times.  One of my favorite comfort foods when I was a kid was my mom’s Baked Ziti.
My mom wasn’t always the best of cooks, but I loved her ziti recipe.  It is easy to put together so she would always make it when company was coming over and I would always pick to have it made for my birthday, because it was one of my favorites.  I think one of the best things about a comfort food dish like my mom’s ziti, is that it gives me great reminders of my childhood.  My mom gave me her recipe so I wanted to make my favorite comfort food dish for my family.
Last weekend I went to Giant Food Stores to pick up ingredients for the ziti.  I decided to make some changes to my mother’s recipe.  The main changes that I made was to use sausage instead of beef.  I picked up some Johnsonville Italian Sausage.  I picked up the sweet variety because I thought it would go great in my recipe. I really like that all the spices and flavors are built into the sausage, it makes the preparation that much easier.
I also decided to use penne noodles in my recipe instead of the traditional ziti used in my mom’s recipe.  I picked up Barilla Pasta, in the penne variety and sauce.  I really like that Barilla cooks up the perfect al dente pasta every time.  I saw that Barilla makes sauce now, which I had to get as well since I trust the brand’s products. Then I headed to the dairy aisle and picked up Galbani Low Moisture Mozzarella that is great for shredding. I love that you can easily shred this cheese, since 1/3 of cheese is used in shredded form.  I also picked up Galbani ricotta and parmesan cheeses.
The Sausage Baked Ziti is such a great comfort food and it came out just like I remember from when I was a kid. I really liked the addition of the sausage and the penne to the dish.  I think all the ingredients I bought combined very well together to make this great dish.  My mom hasn’t made the ziti for a long time so I am glad that my kids can have a taste of a meal I loved as a child.  This ziti also makes a lot so it is great for when you have company or it is also great to eat as leftovers.  My kids really loved the ziti and my husband said that he really liked the sausage in it.
I can’t wait to continue making this meal for my kids and also make it for my mom so that we can talk about our great memories revolving the dish.  This recipe has been passed down to me and I hope that you can try it too.  Enjoy!





Sausage Baked Ziti


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 16 ounces Galbani ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Galbani grated Parmesan cheese
  • 16 ounces Galbani Low Moisture Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 package Johnsonville Italian sausage
  • 1 package Barilla Penne pasta
  • 32 ounces (about 4 cups) Barilla sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the sausage in a large skillet over medium high heat until it is browned on all sides.  It does not need to be completely cooked on the inside since it will be in the oven.
  3. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the egg, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, the sauce (leaving a little bit back), seasoning, sausage, and pasta together until combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 dish.
  6. Put the extra sauce on the top of the mixture.  You only need enough to cover the top.
  7. Bake the ziti for 40 minutes
  8. Take out of the oven and put the rest of the cheese on top.  Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

When you stop by your nearest Giant Food between 10/21-10/27 and purchase Barilla Pasta, Johnsonville Italian Sausage and Galbani Cheese, you’ll automatically save $3 at checkout with your store loyalty card!  While supplies last.

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