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creamy sausage baked ziti on a plate with a fork

Creamy Sausage Baked Ziti "White Baked Ziti"

This creamy sausage sage baked ziti is rich and comforting and loved by ALL! We call this "white" baked ziti. Satisfy your taste buds as the weather changes and temperatures drop.

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 lb (453 g) ziti pasta
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups heavy cream + 1/4 for pouring on top
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley for topping
  • butter for greasing pan


  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x13 in glass or oven safe pan with butter, set aside. In a small glass bowl combine parmigiano cheese and bread crumbs, stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  4. While waiting for the water to boil, cook the Italian sausage in a large skillet oven over medium-high heat until crumbly, browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Drain and set aside. In the same pan, on medium heat, stir in the onions, nutmeg, and sage; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Turn off heat and add cream. Stir to combine.
  6.  Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente directions. Reserve 1/4 cup pasta water. Add hot pasta and reserved pasta water to skillet with creamy sausage. Stir to combine.
  7. Add the creamy sausage ziti to the prepared baking dish and top shredded mozzarella and the parmigiano and bread crumb mixture. Pour the remaining 1/4 cup  cream evenly over the top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.  Mangia! (Eat!)
  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: sausage, baked ziti, cream sauce, baked pasta, main dish, Italian recipe