Who doesn’t love a meal that you can prep on Sunday and serve later in the week?! This Chicken Sausage Baked Ziti is a great meal to prep ahead for your family or to bring to a neighbor, potluck or other social occasion! It’s super easy to make and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. You can even make it ahead and freeze it. If you need dinner in a pinch on a busy weeknight, just pop it in the oven and enjoy about 1 hour later! If your family loves garlic bread as much as we do, this Tuscan Garlic Bread would pair really well with the ziti.
This ziti bake features al fresco Sweet Italian sausage, ziti, an Italian three-cheese blend, Italian seasonings, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and creamy ricotta cheese! Using al fresco sausage is a HUGE timesaver since it’s pre-cooked (no worrying about checking meat temps!) and all you need to do is slice, lightly brown in the skillet and you’re good to go. What’s not to love?!
Even though this meal features ziti, you could substitute penne or rotini or another similar pasta you might have in your pantry (even gluten-free)! I love using the ziti because it soaks up all of the delicious flavors and is large enough for small hands (which translates into less clean-up for me!). Cavatappi would be another great option for this dish.
When it comes to tomatoes, I like to use Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes in my baked ziti as another way of saving time without sacrificing flavor— they’re a great pantry staple and I always have a few cans on hand!
When it comes to the cheese, feel free to use your favorite Italian cheese. Personally, I like to use blends that have several different flavors, but you could use plain mozzarella, Asiago, Parmesan or whatever you like. For this recipe, I chose a six-cheese Italian blend. After the dish is baked and ready to serve, I garnish with some fresh flat leaf parsley to add a nice green color– it really makes the dish pop!
So let’s get started and prep this Chicken Sausage Baked Ziti to enjoy tonight or later this week…and if you like this recipe, you’ll also enjoy our Chicken Apple Sausage Flatbread!