Easy Baked Ziti with Sausage and Baby Kale
Italian sausage, baby kale, gooey mozzarella cheese, and tomato sauce create a flavor reminiscent of meat-lovers pizza in this easy baked ziti.
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 1 lb ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 cups no sugar tomato sauce
  • 4 ounces baby kale, about 4 cups
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella, 2 cups
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large pot, bring salted water to boil and cook the pasta until it begins to soften but is not fully cooked through, about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat the now empty pot over medium heat, then add the olive oil, garlic, sausage, and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the meat is browned, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add the tomato sauce and stir to combine. Bring the tomato mixture to a simmer, about 5 minutes. Add the kale, stir to combine, and simmer until the leaves are wilted, about 1 minute. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. Off the heat, then stir in the cooked pasta. Transfer half of the pasta mixture to a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Add the remaining pasta mixture and top with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  6. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until bubbling, 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until cheese begins to brown, 10 minutes more.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Recipe by Jennifer Tyler Lee at https://www.52newfoods.com/easy-baked-ziti-with-sausage-and-baby-kale/