Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage and Kale

  • Servings : 6-8
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 50m


  • 12 oz. ziti pasta
  • 1 lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large handfuls kale leaves, stems removed and roughly chopped
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese and crushed red pepper flakes (for topping, optional)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large pot of boiling water, add oil and salt. Cook the pasta as pasta until al dente, or as directed by the package. Drain, and return to pot.

Step 2

Meanwhile, drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes until browned all over. Add the garlic, and stir until fragrant. Set aside.

Step 3

In the pot with the pasta, add the sausage, and kale. Carefully toss until the kale is slightly wilted.

Step 4

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Then, add half of the pasta mixture into the dish, and sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Add the rest of the pasta, and sprinkle with another layer of cheese.

Step 5

Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Serve with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes on top if desired. Enjoy!

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