Four-Cheese Baked Ziti - 12 Recipes of Christmas

Four-Cheese Baked Ziti - 12 Recipes of Christmas

Day 11 of our 12 Recipes of Christmas special.

Cooking Time - 50 minutes

Servings 6 - 8


  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 jar (32 ounces) marinara sauce (4 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 container (16 ounces) Ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces (1 cup) Keystone Farms Parmesan cheese, grated 
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Fresh Mozzarella cheese – Pearls, drained
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Keystone Farms Mozzarella cheese, shredded 


  1. Heat oven to 425°F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. 
  3. Meanwhile, cook sausage, onion, oregano and red pepper flakes in olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in marinara sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove sauce from the heat.
  4. Drain pasta; transfer to a large bowl. Stir in 2 cups meat sauce. Set aside.
  5. Combine the ricotta, parmesan and cream in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Spread a 1/2 cup meat sauce in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer with a third of the reserved pasta mixture, 1/2 cup meat sauce, half of the ricotta mixture and a third of the fresh mozzarella pearls. Repeat layers, starting with the pasta mixture.
  7. Top with the remaining pasta mixture, meat sauce and fresh mozzarella pearls. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and sauce is bubbly.

Remember to adjust your ingredients according to the number of family or guests, and send us your pictures at @keystonefarmcheese to be featured on our Instagram. We'd really love that!

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