Sunday, June 10, 2012

Creamy Baked Ziti

I won these beautiful Swedish embroidered towels  from Pam at  Thanks so much Pam!!

If you need a casserole for a crowd, baked ziti is always popular.  Some recipes have sour cream, or ricotta added to the sauce.  I decided to try some light Alfredo sauce instead and we liked the results.  Here's the recipe:
Yummy, creamy, cheesy goodness!

I lb. ground sausage (I used hot Italian chicken sausage)
some chopped onion
a couple of cloves of garlic, minced
1 jar of Alfredo sauce(I used light)
1 jar Marina sauce
1 box of ziti, or penne pasta
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Cook the pasta in boiling, salted water for about 6 minutes.  You want the pasta undercooked because it will continue to cook in the sauce while baking.  Drain the pasta and set aside.

Brown the sausage, adding the onion and garlic.  Drain, if necessary.

In the pot that you cooked the pasta, mix the pasta with the sausage mixture and the both jars of sauce.  Add 1 cup of the grated mozzarella and mix.  Pour the mixture into a greased 9 x 13" pan.  Sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

Spray a piece of foil that is big enough to cover the casserole.  Cover the casserole with the foil.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.  Buon appetito!! 

I am sharing this with:

Mix It Up Monday!
On the Menu Monday
Your Cozy Home Party
The Bunny Hop
Full Plate Thursday
Foodie Friday
Weekend Potluck
Seasonal Sundays


  1. Hi Kitty: I'm your newest follower and I want to thank you for visiting and joining my blog. I am always happy to meet new people and your recipes look delicious and something that I would want to try. Thanks for your kind comments you left for me and I look forward to seeing some of your past posts..Happy Sunday..Judy

  2. Yum, Kitty that looks and sounds so delicious!

    Thank you for your recipe!!

  3. Kitty, I love baked Ziti and yours looks so wonderful! The last recipe I tried was dry, your looks so moist and good. Thanks for the new recipe, and thanks for displaying it on the towels, so glad you like them!

  4. The Ziti would be fabulous with the rosemary bread. I know, I thought the same thing when I first tried the Macaroni Grill bread but that much rosemary was a good thing! Wish I had some of each right now. Yes, I am a night eater!

  5. OOO La La! This dish sounds yummy...such pretty towels too. I'm here to spread a little sunshine with have an award waiting for you at my blog. Check out this link for more details...KEEP SHINING! =)

  6. Oh, a cheesy pan of comfort food -- looks way too tempting!!


  7. This dish and the rosemary bread would be fabulous! I could eat it until I pop! lol

  8. Hi Kitty!
    I love baked Ziti. It's been a while since I made it. Yours looks delicious.

  9. Hi Kitty! Oh, I've eaten this in restaurants but didn't have a recipe to make it at home! Now I do and I thank you! Looks so pretty and so good.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. This looks so yummuy, Kitty...Christine

  11. YUMMMMMY! I have lots of leftover chicken to use tonight "SO I am MAKING Your Dish"!!!
    Hmmmm, I think my guys are going to MELT when they see it...I'm calling it "Kitty's Kasserole"!!!
    Thank you SO MUCH!
    Big Hugs,

  12. Mmmmmm....this looks so good. I would like the hot sausage that you used!

  13. Yum. Looks so wonderful. I love this kind of recipe. Come and visit us today to see what wonderful picnic salad we have and be sure to come back on Friday. We are giving away flip flops. You will want a pair of these.

  14. I just love Baked Ziti and your recipe looks really easy and full of flavor. I will be trying this one very soon. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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