When it comes to baked pastas, most people think of lasagna or macaroni and cheese. However, ziti, a thick, tubular pasta, is ideal for baking, especially when coated with a dense, rich sauce.

This comforting version is made with turkey sausage and canned tomatoes. It's a no-fuss, simple dish that's sure to win over even the most finicky eaters. To make this for your family tonight, get the delicious MyRecipes.com recipe and


Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese

Baked Pasta With Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cheese


  1. 1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
  2. 1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  8. 2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
  9. 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  10. Cooking spray
  11. 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  12. 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.
  3. Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil.
  5. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Top with half of mozzarella and half of Parmesan. Repeat layers.
  6. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve.

Serves 8.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 413 (26% from fat), Fat: 11.8g (sat 6.1g,mono 2.2g,poly 1g), Protein: 24.1g, Carbohydrate: 53g, Fiber: 4.5g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Iron: 7.9mg, Sodium: 941mg, Calcium: 265mg

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