Kittencal's Baked Ziti Casserole

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"Penne pasta will work great also and be sure to only cook the pasta only to halfway as it will cook more in the oven, use your own favorite prepared pasta sauce for this. You may assemble this casserole hours in advance cover and refrigerate until ready to bake, I make this using my #recipe23"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (211.6 g)
  • Calories 403.1
  • Total Fat - 19.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 8.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 69.8 mg
  • Sodium - 1100.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.8 g
  • Sugars - 4.7 g
  • Protein - 26.8 g
  • Calcium - 357.6 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Step 2

In a large pot cook the pasta in boiling salted water until just about halfway cooked (leave the pasta still firm, do not cook completely) drain but do not rinse.

Step 3

Transfer to a large bowl and mix in 2-3 tablespoons oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together; set aside and cover the bowl with a clean tea towel to prevent from drying out)

Step 4

In a pot or Dutch oven cook the ground and sausage meat with chili flakes, onion and bell pepper until no longer pink; drain fat.

Step 5

Add in the garlic; continue cooking until the meat is well browned (this may take about 10-12 minutes to brown the meat).

Step 6

Season with seasoned salt or white salt and ground black pepper.

Step 7

Stir in the pasta sauce and reduce heat to low; simmer partially covered stirring occasionally for about 25-30 minutes.

Step 8

Mix in 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and the cooked ziti or penne pasta.

Step 9

Transfer the mixture into baking dish.

Step 10

At this point you may cool and refrigerate for until ready to bake.

Step 11

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven uncovered for about 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Step 12

Remove from oven and sprinkle about 1 cup or more of mozzarella cheese on top then return to oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


A nice and delicious Italian pasta dish...I used the penne and cut the recipe in half cooking in a 8X8 pan...we have leftovers for lunch...I used a sweet Italian sausage...this will be made again...


review by:
(16 Jul 2019)


Thanks for the tip about not overcooking the pasta. Following the directions leaves all the guess work out. This is a great pasta dish and one we will enjoy many times over. It went well with some garlic bread and salad.


review by:
(6 May 2013)

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