You’re just 20 minutes away from a delicious, cheesy, One Skillet Baked Ziti. Even the pasta gets cooked in the skillet!
Did I mention it’s just 5 ingredients?!
I’m in love with simple dinners, and this one left stars in my eyes. It couldn’t be any easier to make, since even the pasta gets cooked right in the pot. I paired the Baked Ziti with a caesar salad and some garlic bread, and wow – it was a winner!
The star of the dish is the Progresso’s Fire Roasted Tomato Recipe Starter sauce. It’s packed with roasted tomato and red bell pepper flavor, with basil and a touch of cream, which makes this easy skillet dish come together perfectly. Let me show you how simple this really is.
Start by browning up some italian sausage in your skillet, drain if necessary. I used a mild sausage, but a hot italian sausage would be fabulous in here too!
Pour in the Fire Roasted Tomato sauce.
Followed by the pasta and some water.
Give it a good stir to combine, then bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and cook until the pasta is tender.
Top with some mozzarella cheese.
Throw in a little fresh basil, cover it up for a couple minutes until the cheese gets melted and you’re ready to serve!
I know it’s not technically “baked” so if you really want to, you can put your oven-safe skillet under the broiler for a few minutes to quickly get a baked top. It’s not necessary though, because the cheese gets super melty all on it’s own from the hot pasta.
I mean… just look at that beauty.
That’s one hearty pasta dish that your whole family will love. And you’re going to love how quick it is to make. It’s a win-win for us all.
Did I mention the cheeeeeeeeeese??
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One Skillet Baked Ziti
- 1 lb. ground Italian sausage, mild or hot
- 9 oz Tomato Sauce, see notes, Progresso Fire Roasted
- 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 to 2 tbsp fresh basil, cut into thin strips
- Cook sausage in a 10 inch skillet over medium-high heat 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain.
- Stir in Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce, pasta, and water. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium.
- Simmer uncovered about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese and fresh basil. Cover and let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Compensation was provided by General Mills via Federated Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills.
For more easy dinner ideas, visit https://progresso.com/Products/Recipe-Starters
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This looks amazing. But, why is it called ‘baked’ ziti when it isn’t baked?
Yes, traditionally a “Baked Ziti” is baked, but since this has all the components of a baked ziti without being baked, I still labeled it that way so anyone searching for a “baked ziti” can find this simpler and quicker recipe. Also, if you’re using an oven safe skillet, you can definitely toss it in the oven for the last few minutes to bake the cheese, but it’s not necessary.
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What a strange way to cook pasta. I’m italian and never seen cook pasta like this I’ll try. But i suggest you to cook you own sauce too, is very easy and healthier 😀
What a very tasty & EZ recipe (especially for busy new moms – and for the ladies who have jobs outside of their homes). I prepared this dish just as it was written, and it was supurb! The next time I make it (and I definately will) I’ll ‘lighten it up’ a bit by using either ‘lite’ sausage meat, or 96/4% Ground Sirloin. Also, I cooked the pasta before adding it, because I didn’t want the starch from the pasta in the final product(yup…yet more calories, and who needs ’em?). Serfiously, this is a very E-Z dish to prepare, and awsomemly tasty!
I love one pot meals!! This sounds and looks incredible! 🙂
At our house I call this Emergency Ziti (because it is served it without baking). I make large pots of sauce and freeze so I never even knew this Progresso stuff existed. Add a few spoons of ricotta cheese and it will be uber creamy.
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This looks incredible! I had no idea that Progressive had starters like these, I love this type of thing (anything to make dinner time easier!)