One-Pot Ziti with Sausage

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One POt Ziti with Sausage and Ricotta

One Pot Ziti with Italian Sausage and 3 kinds of cheese makes a delicious weeknight meal and there’s hardly any clean-up at all. As a bonus, you can have this meal made start to finish in about 30 minutes.

The ziti gets cooked right in the pot with the sauce, so there’s no need to clean a separate pot.

One Pot Ziti with Sausage and Ricotta


The sauce has plenty of tomato flavor from diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. I like to use sweet Italian sausage and then add just a few red pepper flakes to give the sauce just a little spice.

Mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Ricotta cheese give One Pot Ziti tons of cheesy flavor.

One POt Ziti with Sausage and Ricotta



One Pot Ziti with Sausage and Ricotta


To make One Pot Ziti, I used my brand new Le Creuset Dutch Oven . I am in love with this pot. Isn’t the color gorgeous? Le Creuset products are extremely high quality and they retain heat really well, cooking your food evenly every time. They are pots you will keep for a lifetime.



One Pot Ziti with Sausage and Ricotta

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One POt Ziti with Sausage and Ricotta

One-Pot Ziti with Sausage

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 721kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
One-Pot Ziti is full of ground Italian sausage and 3 kinds of cheese. Makes an easy and delicious weeknight meal!
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  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed if in casings
  • 1/2 a medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 cups uncooked ziti
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound whole-milk mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) ricotta cheese


  • Place sausage in a Dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat, breaking sausage up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Once sausage is about halfway cooked, add onion. Cook 2 to 3 more minutes and add garlic. Cook 1 minute.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, sugar, salt, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add water and ziti. Stir well to get the ziti submerged. Cook 8 to 10 minutes or until pasta is almost al dente. (You still want it fairly firm because it will continue to cook for a while longer.)
  • Remove Dutch oven from heat. Stir in Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese. With a spoon, dollop ricotta cheese on top. Place Dutch oven in oven under the broiler until cheese on top is hot and melted.


Calories: 721kcal


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19 thoughts on “One-Pot Ziti with Sausage

  1. Hi, I followed the recipe exactly but the final result was super watery, almost like a stew.

    I had to scoop a bunch of sauce out to remedy it and placed it in the oven to finish baking so the liquid would evaporate.

    Did I do something wrong here?

    1. From the directions it makes it sound as tho you add the water and pasta to the Dutch oven; however, Iโ€™m not sure thatโ€™s the intention. I will cook my pasta separate and add my drained al dente pasta to my Dutch over. The pasta will not absorb all that water. I just this she missed that step or assumed people would know to cook the pasta separate.

  2. I used ground chuck instead and drained it before adding tomatoes. Added a little Worcestershire sauce to give a little kick. Only had mozzarella and provolone cheese on hand. It came out amazing!!!

  3. Great recipe! I have made this 3-4 times already. I could not find ziti the first time so I used penne. Then the next time I just had mini penne on hand and used that. Turned out great and I liked the mini penne even more for some reason. Great find that has made its way into regular rotation

    1. Looks wonderful!I don’t have oven! Can I mix in the ricotta cheese! Or I will serve the ricotta on the side!

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