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5-Cheese Baked Ziti with Tomato Cream Sauce Recipe

5-Cheese Baked Ziti with Tomato Cream Sauce
Source: live craft eat



  • 1 pound ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 pound mild italian sausage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 14.5oz cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup gouda cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
4-6 servings


  • Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package directions. meanwhile, cook italian sausage and diced onion in a skillet over medium heat until sausage is browned and onion is softened. add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper to the sausage mixture and stir to combine. reduce heat to a simmer and let sauce reduce by about one third or until thickened to desired consistency. add parmesan cheese and heavy whipping cream and stir to combine.
  • Combine cooked pasta and sauce. spoon half the mixture to the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish (or freezer pan) or a large oven-safe skillet. nestle spoonfuls of ricotta cheese into the pasta and then sprinkle with shredded gouda.
  • Layer the rest of the pasta and sauce. then top with mozzarella and monterey jack cheeses. if you have a little parmesan cheese leftover from the sauce, add that on top too!
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted, golden, and bubbly! serve with some of your favorite bread, and enjoy!
  • if freezing, follow the recipe through step 4, making sure to layer the ingredients in a freezer-safe baking dish. let cool to room temperature and cover with foil before freezing.

to bake:

  • Bake it straight from frozen in a 400 degree oven for about 1.5 hours or until heated through, taking off the foil for the last 20 minutes; or you can reduce the cooking time by letting it thaw in your fridge overnight and baking at 400 for about 30 minutes, or until heated through, with the foil off.*



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