Mom's Irish Ziti

"Much like an Italian-American version I once came across, but this recipe uses a combination of ground lamb and Italian sweet sausage."
Mom's Irish Ziti Mom's Irish Ziti
Mom's Irish Ziti Mom's Irish Ziti
  • Serves
  • Prep
    15 m
  • Cook
    45 m
  • Ready In
    1 h
  • Difficulty
  • Nutritions

Method for Mom's Irish Ziti

  • 1
    Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2
    Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the rigatoni and return to a boil. Stirring occasionally, boil until the pasta cooked is still firm to the bite, about 13 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink; pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • 3
    Place a skillet over medium heat; crumble the sausage and lamb into the hot skillet. Breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, cook and stir the mixture until completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the fat from the skillet.
  • 4
    Pour about half of the tomato sauce over the pasta, then layer with the provolone slices and the meat mixture. Season with the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper; top with the mozzarella cheese and the remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over the top of the dish.
  • 5
    Bake in the preheated oven until hot and bubbly, 25 to 35 minutes.


  • 3 cups rigatoni
  • 1/2 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound ground lamb
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
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