Who doesn’t love Italian for dinner? Get the entire family excited for mealtime with delicious smoked sausage, spicy tomato basil sauce and creamy ricotta cheese. Featuring Eckrich® Skinless Smoked Sausage, this Baked Ziti with Smoked Sausage recipe is a new twist on a classic Italian meal.

Check out the recipe from Eckrich® below to get started.

Total Time Skill Level Servings
1 hr 10 mins Intermediate 6



Eckrich® Skinless Smoked Sausage 16 oz.
Ziti or mostaccioli pasta 8 oz.
Jar spicy tomato basil pasta sauce 26 oz.
Ricotta cheese 15 oz.
Grated parmesan cheese 1/4 cup(s)
Chopped fresh basil, divided 1/2 cup(s)
Shredded mozzarella cheese, divided 2 cup(s)


  1. Heat oven to 375ºF. Cook ziti according to package directions. Meanwhile, cut sausage crosswise into 1/2-inch slices; quarter the slices. Drain ziti; return to same pot. Add pasta sauce and sausage; mix well. Arrange half of mixture in a 13″x 9″ baking dish.
  2. Combine ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of the basil; spoon over sausage mixture.
  3. Top with one cup of mozzarella cheese and remaining sausage mixture. Cover dish with foil.
  4. Bake 35 minutes or until heated through. Uncover; top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese. Continue to bake 10 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Tips to Stretch Your Dollar

Use any leftover ingredients to whip together a quick spaghetti for lunch the next day!

In need of more inspiration for your next family meal? Smithfield Foods’ large portfolio of products, including Smithfield® Bacon, Nathan’s Famous® Beef Franks and Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, can meet your household’s needs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snack time. 

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