How to make baked ziti that's gluten free and dairy free

Gluten Free Baked Ziti

This gluten free baked ziti is so flavorful that you might like it even better than the "real thing!" Can be made dairy free too!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 512 kcal
Author Stacey aka the Soccer Mom


  • 1 package gluten free ziti noodles may substitute penne
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 15 ounces
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce 30 ounces
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese¬† regular or veggie cheese both work
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon golden balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 6 -8 slices mozzarella cheese regular or veggie cheese both work


  1. Sauté onions and peppers over medium heat with a tablespoon of cooking oil or light coating of cooking spray.
  2. When veggies begin to soften, add Italian sausage and cook until it begins to brown. Add can of tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, parmesan cheese, vinegar (may use regular balsamic alone if you don't have golden balsamic available), garlic powder. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pasta separately, according to directions on package. Remove from heat about 3 minutes before the packages says (you want pasta to be slightly underdone).
  4. Drain pasta, then add to a large mixing bowl with the meat sauce. Stir together until pasta is well incorporated in sauce.
  5. Pour everything into a large baking dish and layer with 6-8 slices of mozzarella cheese. (We used lactose-free veggie cheese).
  6. Broil for 5-7 minutes until cheese begins to melt. If using veggie cheese, it may not melt as much as regular cheese, but it should soften.
  7. Remove dish from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

Note: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.