One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage Recipe + VIDEO


This One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage is full of flavor but easy on the dishes! It’s made with turkey Italian sausage, spinach, tomato sauce and loaded with cheese — the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video.

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This One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage is full of flavor but easy on the dishes! It's made with turkey Italian sausage, spinach, tomato sauce and loaded with cheese -- the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video. | easy recipe | easy dinner | healthy recipe | weeknight meal

So, I was a little flabbergasted last fall when this Slow Cooker Baked Ziti blew up the internet.

If I had known that you love a good slow cooker pasta as much as I do (this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Chili Mac and Slow Cooker Hamburger Helper are two of my other favorites!), I would have done it long before.

I’ll have to admit, I figured that there would be immediate backlash because (a) it’s not baked, and (b) I didn’t even use ziti, but you guys seemed to forgive and go for it just because it’s a super easy, nutritious weeknight meal. Around here, “weeknight meals” are about all we can manage.

And so I’m BACK. With another not-actually-baked-not-actually-ziti baked ziti recipe.

This One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage is full of flavor but easy on the dishes! It's made with turkey Italian sausage, spinach, tomato sauce and loaded with cheese -- the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video. | easy recipe | easy dinner | healthy recipe | weeknight meal

It has only taken me about a year, which is probably about average for how long it takes me to catch on to what you actually want to see here.

For this version, I wanted to keep things simple and bump up the flavor, lose a few calories, and a pot or two. Since it’s 30 Minute Thursday here, we’re getting it done in one pot with no waiting (okay, hardly any!).

This One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage is full of flavor but easy on the dishes! It's made with turkey Italian sausage, spinach, tomato sauce and loaded with cheese -- the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video. | easy recipe | easy dinner | healthy recipe | weeknight meal

For this recipe, I used turkey Italian sausage instead of beef, I used crushed tomatoes and a whole whack of spices instead of jarred tomato sauce (although I won’t judge you if that’s all you have), I added some spinach (yay for sneaky greens!), and I used Rigatoni instead of Penne to try to trick you into believing I could actually find ziti around here (still — I cannot).

This is a meal we could eat over and over again, and I don’t even have to bribe my children to eat it. For me, that’s a big win! Plus, we all hate dishes, don’t we??

Watch the recipe video:



Serves

5 servings

   
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One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage Recipe + VIDEO

Preparation
5 mins
Prep Time

Cook Time
22 mins
Cook Time

Total Time
0:27
Total Time

This One Pot Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage is full of flavor but easy on the dishes! It’s made with turkey Italian sausage, spinach, tomato sauce and loaded with cheese — the perfect weeknight dinner! Includes step by step recipe video.

Ingredients


  • 4


    links Italian turkey sausage

  • 1/2


    medium onion, finely diced

  • 1


    teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1/4


    teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2


    cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

  • 1/2


    teaspoon salt

  • 1


    teaspoon dried parsley

  • 1 1/2


    teaspoon oregano

  • 1 1/2


    teaspoon basil

  • 2


    cups crushed tomatoes

  • 3


    cups low sodium chicken broth

  • 320g


    (about 5 cups) Rigatoni or Ziti pasta

  • 1 1/2


    cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Remove turkey sausage from casings and fry in large skillet over medium-high heat until crumbled and brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add spinach, red pepper flakes, salt, parsley, oregano, basil, tomatoes and broth and stir until combined. Stir in the pasta.
  4. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook, stirring often, until pasta is tender, about 12-15 minutes (smaller pasta will take less time). Top with cheese, cover and let sit until cheese is melted. Serve.

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Recipe Notes

*If you’re using a smaller pasta, you’ll want to go by the weight amount and not the volume.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 476kcal
Calories from fat 127
% Daily Value
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 928mg 39%
Carbohydrate 59g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 29g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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