Easy Ziti Bake Recipe

4.5 55 75
Easy Ziti Bake Recipe
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Easy Ziti Bake Recipe

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4.5 55 75
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I enjoy making this ziti recipe for family and friends. It's easy to prepare, and I like to get creative with the sauce. Sometimes I might add my home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms or vegetables. —Elaine Anderson New Galilee, Pennsylvania
MAKES:
6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing
MAKES:
6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 jar (28 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

Directions

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and stir until blended. Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Ziti in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p34

Nutritional Facts

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

  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 jar (28 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
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  2. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and stir until blended. Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Ziti in Taste of Home October/November 2004, p34

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Doris User ID: 9362709 279410
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2017

"Delicious and easy to make. Next time I will add more meat sauce to make it more moist"

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DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 279136
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2017

"Good base recipe. I used one pound of ground beef and added green pepper and onion with it. Also quite a bit of Italian seasoning and a little more spaghetti sauce. I actually found that it would could use some more noodles so next time will probably use a whole pound."

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NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 259250
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"I read some of the reviews before making it and added more sauce and some Italian seasoning to the to the cheese mixture. I also used ground chuck and ground pork. It was delicious. My family ordered that I make it again! It didn't layer like it said t would. I think it would be easier to mix everything together and pit it in the pan."

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Robby1 User ID: 1478802 258759
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

"I cut the noodles and beef amount in half and as I didn't have ziti or ricotta, I used macaroni and cottage cheese, but used the full amount of everything else. It is very good. It does make a lot, so will do leftovers tonite. Will definitely make again with the ziti and ricotta."

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selatto User ID: 5114014 255124
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Didn't change a thing. But, the pan was very heavy when I removed it from the hot oven, so next time I will use 2 8"x8" pans instead of 1 9"x13" pan. It would be perfect to eat one/freeze one for later. Makes a ton and none of it went to waste--so good!"

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s_pants User ID: 174050 253702
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2016

"This was exactly what I was looking for....something easy and flavorful. After reading the reviews I used 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground pork. I think that helped season it better. And I also added another half jar of pizza sauce that was left over. Just saucy enough! Would definitely make again!"

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meaganteal User ID: 814898 249908
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,"

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katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 249623
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!"

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lolohiser User ID: 5362556 247625
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."

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all4given1 User ID: 8698159 241742
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."

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