Baked Ziti Casserole

Your family will love this hearty Italian casserole made with Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ fire roasted tomato cooking sauce.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 55 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1 1/2
cups uncooked ziti pasta
1
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
1
pouch (9 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ fire roasted tomato cooking sauce
1
cup ricotta cheese*
1/4
cup Parmesan cheese
1
egg
1
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
Chopped fresh basil leaves, if desired
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. Add cooking sauce, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the cooked pasta; stir well.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg.
  • 4 Spoon pasta mixture into ungreased 11x7-inch (2-quart) glass baking dish. Spoon ricotta cheese mixture on top; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Spray sheet of foil with cooking spray; cover baking dish with foil, sprayed side down.
  • 5 Bake 25 to 30 minutes, removing foil last 10 minutes of bake time, until cheese melts and mixture is hot and bubbly. Sprinkle with basil.

Expert Tips

*Instead of ricotta cheese, you can substitute 3/4 cup cottage cheese and increase Parmesan cheese to 1/2 cup.

For extra-easy cleanup, line the casserole with foil.

For even more flavor, try using hot Italian pork sausage.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
460
(
Calories from Fat
210),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
23g
23%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
880mg
880%;
Total Carbohydrate
37g
37%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
26g
26%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1/2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.