Baked Sausage Ziti
Recipe type: Pasta Bake
  • 400g ziti or penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves , finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 470g Peppercorn Extra Lean Beef Sausages
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika (plain or sweet)
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 700g tomato passata
  • 400ml diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 275g creamy ricotta cheese
  • 170g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 60g parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease the base and sides of a large casserole dish
  2. Cook penne or ziti for 10 – 15 minutes according to packet instructions and subtract a minute or two) until just al dente. Drain well and set aside.
  3. To make the sauce, heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat then add onions and cook for a few minutes until tender then add the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  4. Add sausages and cook until browned on the outside then slice and add the Italian herbs, onion powder, paprika, chilli flakes and salt and pepper and cook for another few minutes.
  5. Add passata, diced tomatoes and sugar and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.
  6. Then it’s time to layer the bake! Spoon some of the sauce on the base of a casserole dish until covered. Add a third of the pasta and top with a third of the sauce (until pasta is well covered) and half of the ricotta mixture followed by a third of mozarella. Repeat this process then add the last third of the pasta followed by the remaining sauce and mozzarella. Finish with grated parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes covered with foil. Remove the foil and bake for another five minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  8. Garnish with parsley and basil leaves and serve immediately.
Recipe by Lisa Eats World at