Baked ziti with Italian sausage and butternut squash

Heather Disarro

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A traditional Italian dish with a little attitude! Baked ziti with Italian sausage and butternut squash is a simple and delicious way to get the whole family together on those chilly fall nights.

Baked ziti with Italian sausage and butternut squash

Baked ziti with Italian sausage and butternut squash

Makes 8 hearty portions


  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 1 pound Italian sweet sausage
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce of choice
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the butternut squash and the onion into small pieces.
  3. Place on a baking sheet and toss thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  4. Roast at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. While the squash is roasting, boil the pasta according to package directions just shy of al dente.
  6. Drain the pasta.
  7. When the squash is done, toss together the browned sausage, the roasted squash and the ziti.
  8. Add 16 ounces of marinara.
  9. Spread into a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  10. Spread the remaining marinara on top, making sure to spread it to the edges.
  11. Sprinkle evenly with the cheeses.
  12. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes until the cheese on top is golden brown.
  13. Serve hot.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.