There’s nothing quite like a plate of pasta comfort food. Baked ziti is definitely the ultimate crowd pleaser, who doesn’t like it?! Since my husband has finally turned the corner and is now capable of eating pasta, this was a huge turning point. A few years ago I would have never been able to make a pasta-only entree for dinner. There is sausage in this, since there does have to be some meat involved in order for him to find it acceptable dinner food, but that’s something I can work with! I love how easy it is to throw ziti together, and with a little extra sauce it reheats easily for lunches or for another night of dinner.
One of my biggest gripes when it comes to baked ziti is that I find most of them are not made with enough sauce. I hate when they are like that, so I made sure to have enough sauce in mine so that it would not be dry. I did this by using a lasagna-like layering approach when I put everything into the casserole dish. Instead of dumping in the noodles, then the sauce, then the cheese etc…I first spread a later of sauce in the empty baking dish and alternated between noodles, cheese, sausage, and sauce to ensure that everything would be covered!