Easy Ziti Bake Recipe
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Easy Ziti Bake Recipe

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I enjoy making this dish for family and friends. It's easy to prepare, and I like to get creative with the sauce. For example, sometimes I might add my home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms or vegetables. -Elaine Anderson Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

630 calories: 1 piece, 30g fat (15g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 45g protein .


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and stir until blended.
  4. Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
  5. Cover and bake 40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Ziti in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p34

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

"I cut this in half, and it still made a large portion. I seasoned the ground beef very well, however, there is something lacking in this recipe,"

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2016

"I made this for my monthly bunco group. They all loved it. It was easy to put together and quite tasty. I did use a little more sauce then what was called for, not sure if it helped. I will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing!"

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2016 Edited May. 3, 2016

"Very quick! The only I did was add a can of mushrooms. Never can add too many mushrooms when making food with Italy in the background. Also, next time I make it I would add more sauce. Probably a can of tomato sauce and another can of tomato of some kind."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"Easy and fairly quick...but I do recommend using more than 24oz of spaghetti sauce unless you want this dry! I had to use 48 ozs and it turned out very good! Can't imagine how dry it would have been with only 24ozs."

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Great recipe! Quick! Very Easy! Great for a Pot Luck dinner too! Loved it! However... I could tell from the recipe it would be very bland so I used a ground beef w/higher fat content plus I used ground pork as well, half ground beef-half ground pork! I also cut this in half for 2 people! I also put in fresh garlic and chopped onion when browning the meats. I used Italian seasonings as well that came in a can of Spicy Italian tomatoes! I did not use the "canned" Parmesan cheese! I bought it in a chunk and shredded it my self....that's the only step that took the longest! Plus I put a little red wine in with the sauce mixture! I had most of the extra ingredients all ready on hand! I will definitely make this again! My family and friends loved it!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"I followed this recipe to a "T" the only thing I did differently was season the meat and used ground turkey instead of ground meat. This dish came out very bland and it needed more sauce. I normally cook meatless baked ziti from the TOH healthy Cooking recipes. I will go back to the meatless recipe it had more flavor."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"Good easy recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"It was goodv"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"Everybody in my house liked this. Great comfort food!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015 Edited Aug. 11, 2015

"Excellent. My family loves it. Very versitle. I used 1.5 pounds of extra lean ground beef cooked with onion and green pepper (put in several slices of pepperoni too). I used the ToH recipe for homemade spagetti sauce that makes 4 cup and used all of it. I used fat free cottage cheese instead of ricotta because I like cottage cheese better. Next time I would put olives in too for my own personal taste.

Very good."

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