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Easy Ziti Bake

I enjoy making this baked 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
  • 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 shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Baked Ziti Tips

What goes with baked ziti?

Many dishes can go with bake ziti. For a fresh component, serve a green salad. And don’t forget a warm loaf of Italian bread or garlic bread!

Why is my baked ziti dry?

Baked ziti can become dry for several reasons. When assembling the dish, be sure to cover the pasta with enough of the sauce so that the noodles don’t dry out. Also, to prevent moisture from evaporating while cooking, cover the dish tightly with foil.

What can I add to this recipe?

You can add just about anything you want to this recipe! Feel free to add 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning for extra flavor, ¼ tsp of crushed red pepper flakes for a little kick and extra spaghetti sauce for those who like it more saucy. You can also substitute fresh Italian ground sausage for the ground beef. Check out some other Italian pasta recipes. Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 630 calories, 30g fat (15g saturated fat), 164mg cholesterol, 878mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 45g protein.


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  • Susan
    Jan 17, 2021

    Wonderful! I added onion and garlic clove (diced) to ground beef when I browned it. I also added fresh chopped spinach and mushroom to cheese and egg mixture to add more flavors. This recipe is just great to be creative with!

  • No_Time_To_Cook
    Oct 12, 2020

    I used italian seasoned chicken sausage instead of hamburger, and added onions and mushrooms. Even with those changes, I still felt it was lacking something. Agree it could have used more sauce.

  • Salem
    Apr 4, 2020

    Easy to put together with items I had on hand.

  • dschultz01
    Feb 21, 2020

    Good recipe, pretty quick and easy to make. I made it exactly as written, except I cut all ingredients in half and put it in a 9x9 dish. There wasn't a lot of meat sauce, so it had to be spread pretty thin, but other than that, this came out very good.

  • Kojo
    Jun 10, 2019

    Base Recipe is a good way to start it. Ive read the review's and changed it a bit. I added a lil water to the sauce mixture as well as onions,bell peppers, garlic and mushrooms. Season the meat with Italian seasoning and black and salt pepper. Sh*t was fire!!!

  • Patti
    Apr 27, 2019

    I put mote sauce..It was yummy

  • di50lem
    Mar 4, 2019

    This is basically lasagna w different pasta??

  • Tamara
    Jan 29, 2019

    Delicious !Like others I put more sauce in and seasoning,and a bit more cheese Will definitely make again!!!

  • DarLyn
    Nov 13, 2018

    No comment left

  • _nlfPA
    Mar 11, 2018

    I made this and it is very good. I did add extra sauce like some of the other ladies did and added Italian seasonings and fresh sliced button mushrooms.Would make it again.