Fire-Roasted Ziti with Sausage Recipe
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Fire-Roasted Ziti with Sausage Recipe

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Escape from the ordinary! Smoked sausage and fire-roasted spaghetti sauce add nice flavor to this pasta dish. Look for fire-roasted sauce on the shelf with traditional spaghetti sauces.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 8 ounces uncooked ziti or rigatoni (about 3 cups)
  • 1 can (28 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) fire-roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce
  • 1 package (16 ounces) smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without optional toppings): 463 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1634mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook ziti according to package directions for al dente. Drain; return to pot.
  2. Add tomatoes, pasta sauce and sausage to ziti; heat through over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella cheese and cottage cheese. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cook, covered, 2-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Fire-Roasted Ziti with Sausage in Taste of Home August/September 2006, p53

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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dschultz01 251768
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016

"This was a great tasting recipe that was quick and easy to make. We will definitely make this one again."

Mamasuejean 107006
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2012

"This recipe is fantastic. Best of all, my husband said it was good--a definite plus. I will make it again. I substituted lower fat items in the dish and used Heart healthy spaghetti sauce."

lurky27 137955
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"Indeed use more pasta than the recipe calls for. I use a 13.25 oz box of whole wheat penne. Turkey smoked sausage tastes great.

~ Theresa"

valanddansmith 156893
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"This was very good, but the ratio of pasta to sauce is way off... I doubled the pasta - just used a regular 16 oz. size box of it - if I hadn't done that, it would have been very soupy. Otherwise, it was great. I put it in a baking dish and stuck it in the oven for a little bit, then sprinkled the rest of the mozzarella on top. Smoked sausage in pasta dishes is not new to me - we love it that way - if you haven't tried it yet, you really must... It really bumps up the flavor of regular old pasta!!"

lurky27 77175
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"This recipe is packed with flavor and requires only a few ingredients. Definitely a keeper.

~ Theresa"

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