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Fire-Roasted Ziti with Sausage

We punch up our pasta with smoked sausage and fire-roasted tomato sauce. It's an easy recipe to switch up—use whatever noodles and spaghetti sauce are in your pantry. —Jean Komlos, Plymouth, Michigan
  • 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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup 4% cottage cheese


  • In a Dutch oven, cook ziti according to package directions for al dente. Drain; return to pot.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • homemadewithlove
    Jan 29, 2020

    Good weeknight meal. I used a different spaghetti sauce and corkscrew pasta.

  • Daryl
    Nov 10, 2019

    Not really a review, I clicked on the comment tab

  • maball
    Mar 17, 2019

    Good and very quick. I only added a little more pasta- 16 oz is way too much.

  • ellimaye1
    Jan 9, 2019

    Oops! I forgot to add that I would use penne in the future as the rigatoni started to fall apart with stirring.

  • dschultz01
    Jul 23, 2016

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

  • Mamasuejean
    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
    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
    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
    Sep 23, 2010

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

  • krystaljoy
    Jan 29, 2010

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