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Baked Ziti and Sausage Recipe

Baked Ziti and Sausage Recipe

This is my husband's favorite casserole, and he requests it often. He loves the combination of zesty Italian sausage and three types of cheese.—Christina Ingalls, Manhattan, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked ziti or other small tube pasta
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Paprika

Directions

  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; place in a large bowl. In a small skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and cut into 1/2-in. slices.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Pour over pasta; toss to coat.
  • 3. In a small bowl, combine the egg, cottage cheese, parsley, and remaining Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Spoon half of the pasta mixture into a greased 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Top with cottage cheese mixture. Add sausage to the remaining pasta mixture; spoon over the top. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and paprika.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 6 servings.

Reviews for Baked Ziti and Sausage

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katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 219807
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2015

"This was easy enough and was good. My kids weren't fond of it but the hubby loved it!"

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deerock User ID: 7499299 214491
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"we didn't care for this so wont make again"

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Chevysmom10 User ID: 7796687 56184
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"Everyone loved this will definitely keep this one around great flavor easy to throw together!"

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patgilcrest User ID: 1801323 35013
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"When I made the white sauce I added some Hollandaise sauce leftover from breakfast and it was magnificent."

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ilovetocook4 User ID: 6100049 111505
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2011

"I have a large family so its easy to make and it feeds everyone.I love it."

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jenji79 User ID: 5809410 38383
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2011

"The white sauce is a great change from regular baked ziti. Had a good taste."

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LaFrenierM User ID: 5629873 106386
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2010

"I made this recipe with bulk Italian sausage instead of sausage links. Super Yummy! :D"

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alwayshopeful User ID: 5298236 133452
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2010

"This was absolutely delicious! Family loved it!!"

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cobysmom User ID: 3634107 85713
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"I ABSOLUTLEY LOVED THIS RECIPE IT HAD A DELICIOUS HOMEMADE TASTE TO IT BUT CAME TOGETHER QUICKLY"

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rhonnie123 User ID: 5246680 84342
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"I have made this recipe with a group on a cooking day and my family liked it so much that I had to find the recipe to make it again. It is very good. I too, added more sausage."

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carriv User ID: 5114709 204901
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2010

"I made this last night for my family. They gave it a thumbs up. So I will be making it again. I used hot sausage instead of italian. They really enjoy the white sauce instead of the usual spaghetti sauce."

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KLefler User ID: 3234042 35010
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2010

"Love it! One of my mother-in-law's favorites."

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AllieD User ID: 4856327 106331
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"It was pretty tasty but we found that it tasted better after it was re-heated a second time:)"

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STGallagher42 User ID: 3923754 204900
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"The Family Favorite!"

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tweetybe User ID: 2885330 79283
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2009

"I made this last night for dinner and the family loved it. I did add more sausage 1 pound and I used hot Italian sausage to kick it up a bit. I also used mixed Italian cheese on top. Overall will be putting this in the dinner rotate."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.