Tuesday, May 24, 2011

#106 Dreamy Creamy Baked Ziti and Sausage Casserole

Why is it dreamy? Well it turned out absolutely delicious unlike my usual baked pasta that sometimes comes out of the oven a bit dry! And why is it creamy? Because I added a 6 oz carton of Sour cream to the sauce and all that cheese melted right into the pasta and sauce.  I describe this recipe as "stringy cheese" good and here's why.... Have you ever tried to scoop up pasta or pizza with a fork and it left strings all the way from the plate to your fork and it never let go of the ooey gooey cheese? It happened when I scooped up this rich pasta with my fork....that's when you know you are in for a treat!!

Ziti- 1 lb
Hunts Spaghetti Sauce with Mushrooms- 2 large cans
American(or Cheddar) Cheese grated- 2 cups
Parmesan Cheese- 1 cup
Sour Cream- 6 oz
Premium Pork light Roll Sausage- 2 rolls
Onions chopped- 1/2 cup
garlic- 3 cloves
Basil-1/2 tspn
Oil, salt and pepper to taste.

1. Cook the Ziti according to the directions on the back of the box until al dente. Drain well.
2. In a saucepan, add some olive oil and sliced garlic and onions. Saute until soft.
3. Crumble the Sausage into the pan and saute. Drain the oil. Now, add the Spaghetti Sauce and cook down until reduced.
4. Cool and mix in the sour cream until smooth. Toss the ziti in this sauce and combine well.
5. Take a baking dish and spray with cooking spray(this will help with cleaning the dish).
6. Layer the dish first with ziti, then with American cheese and then with Parmesan cheese.
7. Repeat the layers until the ziti is used up and the top layer is the Parmesan cheese.
8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes until the top is lightly browned.


  1. My son will go crazy over these :) Malli, I haven't received your mailing address for the gift. Kindly email me at blackswanst@hotmail.com by end of this week or prize will not be valid.

  2. Dreamy, for real! This looks so very yummy. Thanks for sharing and for swinging by Deep Dish :)

  3. Oh! I love baked ziti, and the creamier and stringier the better. I've never thought to add sour cream. I'm going to have to give that a shot. Mascarpone works well too. :)

  4. Super ...creamy and yummy..the pictures itself make us feel hungry.

  5. This just made me very hungry.

  6. Malli, first time here..lovely dish..will check around your space..:)

  7. Oh, yummy! That looks so scrumptious.



  8. Thanks all. I have been away for the past few days and just got back to my posts today.
    Aww Blackswan, I have been trying to email you and it bounces back to me for some reason. Thanks for trying, you can pass the lovely gift on to another lucky person.


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