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Cheesy Sausage Pesto Baked Ziti

Cheesy Sausage Pesto Baked Ziti

This crowd-pleasing Sunday (or any night of the week) dinner has a bright pesto-infused flavor. Make a meal out of it by serving alongside a fresh green salad and cheesy garlic bread.

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30 min
Prep Time
55 min
Total Time


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 pound hot Italian sausage

1 large (2 cups) onion, chopped

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh garlic

2 (28-ounce) cans crushed San Marzano tomatoes

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 pound uncooked dried ziti pasta

8 ounces (2 cups) Land O Lakes® Mozzarella Farmstyle Shreds

4 ounces (1 cup) shredded Provolone cheese

1/2 cup basil pesto


Fresh basil, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat olive oil in large pot over high heat until oil shimmers. Add Italian sausage and onion. Cook 6-8 minutes or until sausage is browned. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, oregano, salt, sugar and pepper. Bring to a simmer; simmer 15-20 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.

  3. STEP 3

    Cook pasta 2-3 minutes less than package instructions for al dente (about 7 minutes after water returns to boil). Drain.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine pasta and tomato sauce in 13x9-inch baking dish. Add mozzarella cheese; stir to combine. Top with Provolone cheese.

  5. STEP 5

    Bake uncovered 25 minutes until or until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Remove from oven. Drizzle evenly with pesto. Sprinkle with fresh basil, if desired.

Tip #1

You can make this pasta bake the day before serving. Refrigerate overnight, then bring to room temperature before baking.

Nutrition (1 serving)

490 Calories
25 Fat (g)
50 Cholesterol (mg)
1160 Sodium (mg)
46 Carbohydrates (g)
3 Dietary Fiber
22 Protein (g)
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