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Baked Ziti With Italian Sausage

30 mins
35 mins
Portions: 4 to 6 Servings

See how Johnsonville® does comfort food! This delicious baked ziti dish is jammed with flavor and beautiful ingredients. Johnsonville® Italian Sausage, eggplant, plum tomatoes, olives, basil, onions, and garlic combine to create a symphony of flavors!

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Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

Recipe made by the Sausage Chefs


  • 1 package (19 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® Fresh Italian Sweet Sausage Links, casings removed or 1 package (16 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® All Natural Fresh Italian Sweet Ground Sausage
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups ziti pasta, uncooked
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium heat until browned and fully cooked; 7-10 minutes. Remove from skillet, place in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Prepare ziti according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; cover and set aside.
  3. Using the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add eggplant and cook until tender and lightly browned. Transfer to bowl with sausage. Using the same skillet, cook and stir onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat until tender; 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour wine into skillet, increase heat to medium-high and continue to stir until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add tomatoes and reduce heat to medium; simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. In the sausage mixture bowl, add cooked pasta, basil, olives, 2 cups of mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, salt and pepper; stir to combine ingredients. Transfer mixture to a greased 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Cover and bake at 400°F for 25-30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5 minutes longer, or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.