Baked Ziti


1 pound whole-wheat or regular ziti

1 Tablespoon olive oil

3/4 pound Italian turkey or pork sausage

3/4 cup onion, chopped

1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 (28ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 cup ricotta cheese

3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper


Optional Ingredients:

4 cups loosely packed chopped fresh kale



Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the ziti according to the package directions. Drain well.

In a deep skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the sausage meat. Cook, breaking the sausage up with a wooden spoon, for about 8 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink. Remove the sausage from the skillet with a slotted spoon and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Add the onion, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and thyme to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 3-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked sausage and the kale. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove the pan from the heat, add the cooked pasta, and stir in the ricotta. Pour the mixture into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and then the Parmesan.


Bake until the cheese is melted and golden brown, 25-30 minutes

About 8 Servings