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Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage

  • 8 Servings
  • 20 MIN Prep Time
  • 1 HR Total Time

Ingredients

Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380
Calories from fat
% Daily Value*
Total fat 14 g 18 %
Saturated fat 6 g 30 %
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 70 mg 23 %
Sodium 833 mg 36 %
Total Carbohydrates 38 g 13 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0 %
Sugars 6 g
Protein 24 g
Vitamin D 0%
Iron 3 15%
Calcium 284%
Potassium 277%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label on the product may vary slightly.
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Step 2

    Cook pasta and turkey sausage according to package instructions. (Slice turkey sausage links into 1/4 inch pieces before cooking).
  • Step 3

    In a medium saucepan, combine turkey sausage and pasta sauce. Heat thoroughly. Set aside 1 cup for preparation.
  • Step 4

    While sauce and turkey are cooking, combine Ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, egg, dried basil, salt and garlic salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  • Step 5

    Gently fold in the cooked pasta to the cheese mixture.
  • Step 6

    Spread the reserved 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Spread pasta mixture over the top of the sauce.
  • Step 7

    Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Step 8

    Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage FAQs

If our Hot Italian Turkey Sausage is not available in your area, here’s how you can spice up ground turkey:

  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/2 of ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

The above seasoning mixture is enough to make one pound of ground turkey taste and smell like sausage.

The winner in the turkey sausage vs. ground turkey contest boils down to preference. Ground turkey is simply ground turkey meat without any added seasoning. Turkey sausage, which is often available in sausage links or ground form, is ground turkey meat with seasonings added. If you’re cooking from a recipe that requires turkey sausage, but only have ground turkey, you can substitute one for the other.

You can get turkey sausages in various sizes and flavors. The most popular flavors include Hot Italian, and Sweet Italian. Cooked and uncooked versions of both types of turkey are available

You can store leftover baked ziti in your fridge or freezer. If your fridge is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, your ziti will stay fresh for five to seven days.

If you want to keep your baked ziti fresh for up to two to three months, store it in a below zero-degree Fahrenheit freezer. Always place baked ziti in a freezer-safe dish before storing it in the fridge or freezer. If the freezer-safe container does not have a lid, you can seal it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

If your ziti is frozen, thaw it in your fridge before heating. Slowly defrosting the ziti in the fridge will prevent it from losing flavor and will allow it to cook evenly.

Thawing frozen ziti in the fridge can take several hours, so plan ahead! After your ziti has thawed, you can store it in your fridge for three to four days before cooking. Alternatively, and as a best practice, cook it immediately after thawing.

Cooking defrosted ziti is simple and should take 30 to 40 minutes to cook. All you have to do is:

  • Transfer the defrosted ziti into a clean baking pan and cover it with foil
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F
  • Put the pan in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes
  • Take the foil off for the last 10 minutes of cooking
  • Serve and enjoy

You can make this baked ziti recipe less spicy by replacing the Hot Italian Turkey Sausage with sweet sausage or ground turkey . Both sweet sausage and ground turkey are great substitutes because they have the same texture as the hot Italian turkey sausage, but are more palatable for sensitive tastebuds. 

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