One Pot Baked Ziti

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti – even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

When I was living in New York city, my dad and I would walk around the corner to the pizza place and always get the same order – two cheese pizzas and a baked ziti. Back then, a slice of pizza was just a $1, and then they’d wrap them up in a giant brown bag and we’d walk back home. I could barely eat half of a pizza then but I’d always stuff my face in the baked ziti. With cheesy, marinara baked pasta, how can any 6-year old resist?

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

Now I’ve tried to recreate this amazing childhood ziti but as much as I loved the homemade version, it was just too much work for something I could easily buy at the local pizza parlor for $9.99. But with my recent one pot meal obsession, I’ve actually discovered a one pan baked ziti. It’s unbelievably easy, and even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

One Pot Baked Ziti - An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!

All you need to do is ground up some sausage, add in your tomatoes and pasta, and of course let that mozzarella just melt right in. Easy peasy, right? And if you really want to save up on some dishes, I recommend eating right out of the pan.

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One Pot Baked Ziti

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Yield 6 servings

One Pot Baked Ziti

An incredibly easy, no-fuss baked ziti - even the pasta gets cooked right in the pan!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Stir in tomatoes and bring to a simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in pasta and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in Parmesan and heavy cream. Top with mozzarella and cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.


Adapted from Pink Parsley


  1. JoeyfromSC says

    this looks SO delicious and easy! thanks for sharing..I have always wanted a Kitchen-aid mixer too btw lol..Love to bake..thanks for the chance to win!

    Joey J.

  2. says

    I’m so glad you liked this, thanks for linking up! I need to make it again soon – as a matter of fact, I haven’t made traditional baked ziti since I first had this skillet version!

  3. says

    I just made this and used 1/4 cup of the heavy cream and it was delicious and incredibly easy. My daughter just gave me a high five- so it got a big thumbs up from her!

  4. says

    I’m such a sucker for baked ziti and all things one-pot!! What a great memory you have of childhood – pizza, nyc, and baked ziti!! Sounds like a child’s dream!! This pasta…..i wanna plant my face into it and never leaveee!

  5. Barbara says

    I’m a new follower via Bloglovin’ and I don’t know if you’ve tried making lasagna in the crock pot, but I’ve done that twice recently with outstanding results. The pasta is softer and has no hard brown edges like baking produces. Sauce, then noodles, then cheese; repeat, and I also add pepperoni slices in my layers. I add a little extra water because the large lasagna noodles will soak up so much liquid. I don’t use ricotta in it because Hubs won’t eat it if I do, but it would be fine. Mozzarella is all that I use. Now I’m going to investigate your one pot Mexican skillet pasta!

  6. Candice says

    According to the title, it’s a baked ziti. I read through the recipe and don’t see anywhere (unless I missed it) about baking the ziti. Can’t wait to try this!

    • Chung-Ah says

      Candice, this is an easier, no-fuss version of the traditional “baked ziti”. This does not get baked but if you’d like, you can pop it in the oven after trooping with mozzarella to get that cheesy crust.

  7. Emma says

    Made this tonight! It was delicious and so simple! Definitely making this again! Next time, I’ll probably chop the sausage up into smaller pieces next time before I cook it though as I found it difficult to crumble the sasuage in the pan. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  8. Jennifer K. says

    Just made this tonight. It was easy and very tasty. I was skeptical about the pasta getting cooked thoroughly enough right in the pot but it was great and very flavorful; such a terrific time saver. Even my picky daughter enjoyed it. Thanks so much!

  9. MsSalt44 says

    This dish was a big hit with the family. It was a big hit with me because it was easy and quick to make. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Jamie says

    I made this last night and it was delicious! My boyfriend loved it and it was super easy. I substituted hot turkey sausage and substituted 1/2 cup skim milk with a little cornstarch beat in for the heavy cream and it came out great. I maybe would have stuck it in the broiler for a minute or two once I put the mozzarella on to crisp it up a l a little on the edges. Overall -great recipe!

  11. George Schulz says

    We made this dish for dinner last night and really enjoyed it! Delicious! As our daughter is a vegetarian, we made a separate dish for her replacing the Italian sausage with Great Northern Beans ~ added some Italian spices, warmed the beans in olive oil until this were soft and then followed the rest of the recipe ~ turn out awesome! Great recipe that our family will enjoy again.

  12. says

    Just made this for dinner… Yummy! I used a jar of spaghetti sauce instead of tomatoes. And used cream cheese instead of heavy cream and mozarella. The husband and the 2 yo both loved it.

  13. says

    omg! this really looks yum amd so easy to make. i will definitely try cooking it tonight for dinner. I saw it in pinterest and pinned it right away! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lana says

    Made this twice so far because first time around was so good. I also have picky eaters and they really liked this.

  15. Alisha says

    I made this tonight and it was delicious – loved by all. I’m curious as to why you used Rotini for the photos instead of ziti. Is it just personal preference?

  16. Katie says

    I didn’t have luck with this recipe. There was way too much water between the tomatoes and the 3 cups you add later – where is that 3 cups supposed to go? Was I supposed to drain the tomatoes?

    I’m going to try it again with different tomatoes.

  17. Ashley says

    I found this link on Pinterest and made it tonight for dinner. Let me just say it was quick, easy, and amazing!!! My husband was blown away!!! I am definitely a new fan to this blog!!! Thanks again for the outstanding recipe :)

  18. says

    Let me start off by saying I knew I loved your blog the moment I read your name, “Damn Delicious”… LOVE IT!
    This recipe rocks!!! I’m kind of anal about dirtying dishes, love to cook – hate to do the dishes, so I’m always trying to cook in one pot/as few as possible! Thanks so much for this recipe, it’s a crowd pleaser fo sho! 😉

  19. Sybil says

    Thank you so much for your fantastic one-pot recipes. They have become family favorites for us. My son even went back for seconds of the Chilli Mac (he NEVER does that). I’m trying this one tonight, but wanted to take a minute to express my gratitude to you for sharing you recipes with us. You are very appreciated.

  20. Cindy says

    I’m going to make this for guests this Friday. Can I make it ahead of time and then add cheese and reheat? Will the cream hold up ok?

  21. says

    My daughter and I made for dinner last night and we loved it! Used skim milk as it’s all I had on hand and it was still delicious. My fry pan didn’t look big enough so we used a 6-qt Dutch Oven and it worked perfectly. Looking forward to wonderful leftovers!

  22. Bethany says

    Found this on Pinterest and made it tonight! The only thing I did different was put it under the broiler for a minute after adding the mozzarella, so it had that baked bubbly, brown top like baked ziti. Damn delicious!

  23. says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit! Quick and easy weeknight meals are the best. Swapped the sausage for some ground turkey I had already cooked in the freezer and used greek yogurt instead of the cream. Will definitely be making again

  24. Judy McMichael says

    This was just incredibly delicious! I had an early evening appointment so I prepared this dish up until adding the cream, cheeses, and basil. I refrigerated it in the pan. When I came home, I just needed to heat to boiling, add the remaining incredients and done! I will be making this often and will add it to my list of favorites. Thank you.

  25. Dylan says

    Heya I’ve been looking at your one pot recipes but I am wondering about how well the pasta cooks? I’m super picky about all my pasta being al dente and I’m a little skeptical about it cooking properly using these recipes. I think the recipe looks great and I really want to try it but like I said having properly cooked pasta is kind of a deal breaker for me so I’m not quite sure about it.

    Regardless thank you for the recipes they look great and your pictures are awesome.

    • Chungah says

      Dylan, the pasta cooks through completely in these one pot recipes. However, if you are super picky about the texture of your pasta, you won’t really know how you like it (or dislike it) in these one pot meals until you try it!

      • Dylan says

        Thanks for the reply, I guess I’ll just have to give it a shot and see how it turns out. Although now that I have seen your asian inspired recipes I think those might be first on my list of things to try. Thanks =D

  26. Pamela says

    This was soooo good! I cooked the ziti a little longer to make sure it was tender, and it was wonderful. Even better the second day. There was none left for the third day.

  27. says

    this is my first time ever to write a review. My husband and I both loved this dish and showed some restraint only so we could have it again tomorrow night! What we had tonight was a little “soupy” but nothing a loaf of Italian bread could not take care of. What was refrigeratated for tomorrow night looks just like the pictures. Maybe we should have let it sit a bit longer. Definitely will make this again.

  28. says

    Parmesan, heavy cream and mozzarella? You can bet we’ll try that one!:) Amazing dish Chungah! Certainly Damn Delicious!:) And the way you present those steps in your photos is really helpful. Great work!

  29. lisa says

    I’d like to make this recipe on our camping trip. I was wondering if I could precook the sausage and garlic at home and add the rest later and microwave it?

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