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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

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 2 pounds ground turkey or beef
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  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 2 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

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

Directions

  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

Nutritional Facts

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

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

another winner!

JR Ranch

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Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

Wonderful! I used 1 lb if meat and doubled the sauce. Used 16 oz of pasta! Made a large casserole with rave reviews!

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

I am so glad I picked this recipe to try out! I followed the recipe exactly (except that my ingredients ended up being what the package size was 16 oz pasta, 32 oz sauce, 1.34 lb hamburger). I am glad I had the extra few ounces of sauce. Next time I will add 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes because that's what we like. Definitely a keeper.

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014

This is so good and easy. I'm going to start making it for my service organization....they will love it!!! This is one of my husband and I's favorites!

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Reviewed Feb. 14, 2014

Loved this! Was quick and easy and my 3 kids loved it too. The only thing I did differently was add in 2 layers of zuchinni for a veggie :)

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