Baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage.

Baked ziti pasta with spicy sausage.

Baked ziti pasta with spicy sausage, sometimes also called ‘alla diavola’ (devilled), is a great Neapolitan dish for those who love spicy food. Pasta prepared in this way is really tasty and attractive and this recipe is simple and fast to make.

Baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage

Ziti alla diavola al forno.

Ziti and its slightly wider cousin zitoni are long pasta originally from Campania, usually made from durum wheat. They look like narrow tubes, but are both about 25 cm long. This pasta is traditionally broken into smaller pieces by hand before cooking. But, for this recipe you can keep the pieces long or break them. Already cut ziti and zitoni are also available to buy.

Baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage

There are a number of delicious Italian recipes for baked Ziti or Zitoni from Campania, as well as Puglia, Calabria and Sicily where this pasta is also popular. In addition, Ziti can be used in other baked pasta recipes such as those for candele (an even longer pasta) or penne or rigatoni (pasta tubes) . In the same way, if you can’t find long tubes, you can use short ones instead.

ingredients for baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage

My family loved this dish!

In this recipe for baked ziti pasta with spicy sausage, the pasta is dressed with spicy Calabrian sausage cooked in tomato sauce and basil. The ingredients are layered in an oven dish and enriched with slices of scamorza and mozzarella. The result is really flavourful! Both my hubby and my son had second helpings, so make sure you make enough. Leftovers are tasty too, so don’t worry if you make too much. Stick it in the fridge and eat it the next day!

halved cherry tomatoes, spicy sausage and onions in frying pan

Which kind of spicy sausage?

It’s better to use spicy Calabrian sausage or salami if you can find it to obtain the right kind of spicy! I used a semi-soft salami but the sausage can also be fresh. I think chorizo would work well too, if Calabrian sausage is hard to find.

Tomato and spicy sausage sauce in frying pan

Scamorza or mozzarella?

Some versions of this recipe are made with only mozzarella or only scamorza. This time I used both. It made the dish really cheesy! But, I have also made it before with smoked scamorza, which was delicious too. You can choose to use any of these cheeses or two kinds together.

Baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage

Easy to make!

This baked ziti pasta with spicy sausage recipe is pretty easy to make. All you need is a tomato sauce, some cheese (scamorza and/or mozzarella) spicy sausage, basil and the pasta, plus some wine, an onion and grated pecorino. Layer everything in an oven dish ( I used a terracotta one) bake for 20 minutes and serve. It’s perfect for Sunday lunches or other days when you need to feed a bigger number. The only important thing to keep in mind is that every one has to like spicy food!

Baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage

Let me know what you think!

If you are like me and love baked pasta dishes, this is going to be one you’ll love. If you give it a try do let me know how it turns out, either by commenting below the recipe on page 2 or on the Pasta Project Facebook page. And if you feel it’s worth sharing with friends please do. All your feedback and support is much appreciated! 

Buon Appetito

(see the recipe on page 2. Just scroll down and click 2)

This recipe was originally published on 5th August 2017 but has been updated.

Baked Ziti or Zitoni pasta with spicy sausage

Other ziti recipes you may want to try!

  1. Neapolitan baked ziti al gratin
  2. Ziti with Italian lardo
  3. Ziti with Neapolitan alla Genovese ragu
  4. Parmigiana timballo with Ziti 

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    September 30, 2018 3:35 pm

    sounds like a great recipe. I love comfort food!!

    • Jacqui
      October 4, 2018 4:25 pm

      Thanks Camila! Pasta really is the ultimate comfort food and this baked pasta is delicious!

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    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    September 30, 2018 3:25 pm

    Yum! This is the perfect comfort food recipe to start the season! I love that the sausage is spicy – so warming!

    • Jacqui
      October 4, 2018 4:26 pm

      Grazie Lauren! Yes the spicy sausage really makes this baked pasta so warming! Literally!

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    Claudia Lamascolo
    September 30, 2018 3:02 pm

    oh this looks so good I love this idea with the spicy sausage baked with that pasta it looks yummy

    • Jacqui
      October 4, 2018 4:27 pm

      Thanks Claudia! Spicy sausage really goes well in baked pasta! It’s a family favourite here!

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    Amy | The Cook Report
    September 30, 2018 11:22 am

    This looks so cheesy and delicious!

    • Jacqui
      October 4, 2018 4:28 pm

      Thank you Amy! Yes very cheesy! That’s how I like it too!

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    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    September 30, 2018 10:40 am

    This looks so incredible! I love the fact that you used both cheeses – I’d do that too, I love really cheesy things!

    • Jacqui
      October 4, 2018 4:29 pm

      Thanks Bintu! The more cheese the better, that’s what I say!

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    Catherine Brown
    September 11, 2018 8:55 pm

    I love ziti! I think I’ve only ever seen it when it’s already cut into the short pieces… never long ones. You have access to some FABULOUS pastas! I love a spicy sauce too, so I know my family will like this one. Do you ever use whole grain pasta?

    • Jacqui
      September 18, 2018 3:08 pm

      Hi Catherine, I know there are so many different types of pasta here in Italy. We’re really spoiled for choice! Yes I use whole grain pasta too. It’s become very popular with Italians and many companies now produce organic pasta from heritage grains and even other types of flour instead of wheat!

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    Yvonne Cuschieri
    August 17, 2017 9:33 pm

    Hi Jacqui, really scrumptious recipes.
    Tried quite a few.
    The baked macheroni one I usually add eggs.
    Will definitely try it with mozzarella

    • admin
      August 18, 2017 7:05 am

      Dearest Yvonne, I’m very happy to hear you like the recipes here and have tried a few. That’s super. My hubby’s Sicilian family also sometimes put eggs in their baked maccheroni. It’s popular to do so in Southern Italy and delicious too! Have you seen one of my earlier baked pasta recipes from Calabria called L’mbruscianta? That has eggs and meatballs! Quite a dish! I hope you’ll keep coming back to visit my blog. Lots more delicious recipes to come. All the best. Jacqui

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