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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Serve the ziti with a side salad of cooked green beans, chopped tomatoes, minced basil and cubed mozzarella cheese. Toss the ingredients with balsamic vinaigrette or Italian dressing.
  • To keep pasta from sticking together when cooking, use a large pot with plenty of water. Add a little cooking oil if desired (this also prevents boiling over).
  • These 26 Italian pasta recipes will make an Italian Grandmother proud.
  • 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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    • 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!!!

    • _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.

    • dakotanicole
      Mar 8, 2018

      Recipe was definitely lacking with spaghetti sauce. If I made it again I would add more sauce and probably some italian seasoning. Kind of bland.

    • Iluvshihtzus
      Mar 7, 2018

      This was an easy recipe but not quick. Also, I used ingredients in the amount given. I had to use a square Pyrex casserole dish (app. 10x10”) with the 9”x 13” Pyrex casserole dish. The square pan was also deeper. Both pans were full to the top with the cheese. I tented the foil so cheese wouldn’t stick, removed it & added remaining cheese. It tastes very good. It got a husband’s & teenager’s thumbs up.I made a dish fairly often to this year’s ago. It’s very similar to this with 1 lb of meat, egg noodles, small curd cottage cheese egg and kept Muenster cheese separate. I mixed the cottage cheese mixture with the meat/sauce then stirred the noodles in & added cheese on top. I baked for 30 min. The flavor of this recipe & my old standby “Egg Noodle Lasagna” are very similar. My kids liked Muenster on homemade pizza so I used it w/ Italian dishes. I misplaced that recipe when we moved & most of my recipes were on the computer by then. So we haven’t had it in a few years. Nice to find a similar recipe that sounds a bit fancier than mine. “Baked Ziti” gets a 5 star rating from my hungry family. ??.•*?*•??.•*?*•??.•*?*•??.•*?*•?

    • cookwlj
      Jan 8, 2018

      Family loved it, but should have added some Italian seasoning as it was a little bland.