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Baked Ziti Recipe

Baked Ziti Recipe

From Kalamazoo Michigan, Kim Neer makes this comforting Italian dish with a from-scratch spaghetti sauce, ziti pasta and a generous combination of cheeses.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + simmering Bake: 1 hour YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (28 ounces) reduced-sodium meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti or 16 ounces small tube pasta
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, water, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, basil and 1 teaspoon oregano. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg substitute, salt and pepper.
  • 3. In two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes coated with cooking spray, spread 1 cup of meat sauce. In each dish, layer a fourth of the pasta, 1 cup meat sauce and a fourth of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers of pasta, sauce and cheese mixture.
  • 4. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese and oregano. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (12 servings each).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 324 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 796mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 3 vegetable, 1 starch.

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JMartinelli13 User ID: 92779 249034
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2016

"I halved the recipe to make 1 pan. I also subbed orichette pasta, they acted like little bowls for the cheese/meat. SO good!"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 240227
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2015

"Not sure it was worth all the time.. I prefer my pasta with less meat and more cheese."

LadyArmstrong User ID: 7848811 204072
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2014

"A homemade sauce doesn't start with jarred spaghetti sauce. This is not 'from scratch'."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 83950
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2011

"This is very good. Almost like lasagna. I like the homemade sauce however, it is very time consuming. I would also like to know if egg beaters is what was meant by egg substitute. I ended up using the egg beaters because I could not find the actual egg substitute which is a powder. The egg beaters worked just fine though. Thank you for the great idea."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 77829
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Great flavor and not as filling/bloating as most pastas."

jakjak2012 User ID: 6104511 83945
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This recipe was super fun to make. My fiancee can't cook at all so it was really fun watching him try to layer the noodles, sauce and cheese like a little 7 year old. It was very tasty and it made me feel very accomplished because we made a homemade sauce. Really, very good traditional recipe for ziti!"

jann3351 User ID: 1001490 86212
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"This is great. Everyone that I have served it to they really like it. It will be made again and again.

I also like this because I can put one hotdish in the freezer and use it later."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 50412
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2011

"I like that this recipe makes 2 casseroles. Having one in the freezer is great for those really busy days. Is it just me, or does adding tomato paste just make it more acid? Next time I'll try leaving it out and see how it tastes."

[email protected] User ID: 1306247 50411
Reviewed May. 14, 2010

"Very good recipe. My husband loves it!"

Devonmama User ID: 2911167 204071
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2009

"Lovely, now my teenage son wants me to make this everyday. I made it with hot Italian sausage too, it was outstanding"

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