Baked Ziti

baked ziti

al dente pasta smothered in creamy sauce and baked to perfection


  • PASTA: 16 oz, we used penne!
  • Spero Sunflower Cheese: 1 tub, we recommend The Original or The Smoked
  • GARLIC: 2 cloves, minced
  • TOMATO SAUCE: 1 jar (approx. 24 oz)
  • BASIL: to garnish
  • RED PEPPER FLAKES: to garnish


  1. COOK pasta according to package directions in a large pot of salted water. Reserve ½ cup of hot pasta water.
  2. HEAT a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cut plant-based sausage into ½” size pieces and cook until browned on all sides. Remove from heat.  
  3. WHISK ½ container of Spero Sunflower Cheese with 2 tbsp of hot pasta water. Add the tomato sauce & garlic and stir to combine.    
  4. TOSS the pasta & sausage in the sauce and transfer to an 8x8” baking dish. 
  5. COVER with foil & bake for 20 min.
  6. UNCOVER & bake for an additional 10 min. until sauce is bubbling. 
  7. REMOVE from the oven. 
  8. WHISK remaining ½ container of Spero Sunflower Cheese in a small bowl with another 2-3 tbsp hot pasta water until smooth. 
  9. POUR sauce over the pasta and garnish with basil & red pepper flakes. 

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