This is a sponsored post on behalf of al fresco®.
Who doesn’t love a meal that you can prep on Sunday and serve later in the week?! This Chicken Sausage Ziti Bake is a great meal to prep ahead for your family or to bring to a neighbor, potluck or other social occasions! It’s super easy to make and is sure to be a hit with all ages!
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 can substitute penne or rotini or another similar pasta you might have in your pantry (even gluten-free)! I love the ziti because it soaks up all of the delicious flavors and is large enough for small hands (which translates to less clean-up for me!). I like to use Italian-seasoned diced tomatoes in my ziti bakes as another way of saving time without sacrificing flavor— they’re a great pantry staple!
When it comes to the cheese, you can definitely feel free to use your favorite Italian cheese. I like to use blends that have several different flavors, but you could use plain mozzarella, Asiago, Parmesan or whatever you like. In 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 ziti bake to enjoy tonight or later this week…