Baked Ziti with Sausage and Pumpkin Tomato Sauce


Comforting baked ziti gets a fall twist thanks to the addition of canned pumpkin. The winter squash pairs beautifully with fire-roasted tomatoes and sweet Italian sausage.

overhead view of Baked Ziti with Sausage and Pumpkin Tomato Sauce with wooden spoon
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
8 1/2 cups


  • 8 ounce dried ziti or rigatoni pasta

  • 1 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ cup dry white wine or chicken broth

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin

  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pot.

  2. Meanwhile, in an extra-large skillet cook sausage over medium until cooked through, stirring to break up sausage as it cooks. Remove from skillet.

  3. Add oil to skillet. Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir over medium 4 to 5 minutes or until tender. Carefully add wine to skillet. Cook 2 minutes or until evaporated. Stir in cream and simmer 1 minute more. Stir in pumpkin, tomatoes, broth, parsley, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add sauce to pasta in pot. Stir in sausage and 1/4 cup Parmesan. Season to taste with additional salt and crushed red pepper. Transfer to a 2-qt. rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.

  5. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes or until heated through and lightly browned on top. Sprinkle with additional parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

505 Calories
25g Fat
44g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 505
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 842mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 20.1mg 101%
Calcium 129mg 10%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 468mg 10%
Folate, total 110.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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