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Easy Ziti Bake Recipe

Easy Ziti Bake Recipe

I enjoy making this dish 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 YIELD: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 (10 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 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.

Nutritional 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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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."

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."

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!"

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!"

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,"

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!"

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."

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."

GlindaNorth User ID: 8611800 237091
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Great recipe! quick! Very easy! Great for a Pot Luck dinner too! Loved it! However... I could tell from the recipe it would be very bland so I used a ground beef w/higher fat content plus I used ground pork as well, half ground beef-half ground pork! I also cut this in half for 2 people! I also put in fresh garlic and chopped onion when browning the meats. I used Italian seasonings as well that came in a can of Spicy Italian tomatoes! I did not use the "canned" Parmesan cheese! I bought it in a chunk and shredded it my self....that's the only step that took the longest! Plus I put a little red wine in with the sauce mixture! I had most of the extra ingredients all ready on hand! I will definitely make this again! My family and friends loved it!!!"

Mommyofdisco User ID: 8609831 236995
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"I followed this recipe to a "T" the only thing I did differently was season the meat and used ground turkey instead of ground meat. This dish came out very bland and it needed more sauce. I normally cook meatless baked ziti from the TOH healthy Cooking recipes. I will go back to the meatless recipe it had more flavor."

Janadele User ID: 7087902 236054
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"Good easy recipe."

llieungh1 User ID: 8194502 235876
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"It was goodv"

cwbuff2 User ID: 5946195 230959
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"Everybody in my house liked this. Great comfort food!"

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 230307
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015 Edited Aug. 11, 2015

"Excellent. My family loves it. Very versitle. I used 1.5 pounds of extra lean ground beef cooked with onion and green pepper (put in several slices of pepperoni too). I used the ToH recipe for homemade spagetti sauce that makes 4 cup and used all of it. I used fat free cottage cheese instead of ricotta because I like cottage cheese better. Next time I would put olives in too for my own personal taste.

Very good."

cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 229441
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2015

"Very easy and tasty, but I agree with the previous comment of adding more sauce and cheese."

rockstarsue User ID: 7480396 225540
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2015

"Really easy and very tasty. Although I would say the next time I make this I will make these changes; I will make 16 ounces of ziti again, but I plan on using a jar and a half of sauce, and 3 cups of mozzarella cheese, and 22 ounces of ricotta cheese instead of 15. I also plan on adding Tastefully Simple Garlic bread Seasoning to the mixture. With these slight changes, i am positive the recipe will be PERFECT. This is a fantastic recipe. and I definitely will be making it again . This will now be a part of our regular dinner rotation and also brought to church potlucks."

whall274 User ID: 8232865 219024
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2015

"Omg I made this for my family. Just OMG 6 $TARZ"

Bonito User ID: 1630276 56994
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"This was so easy and the flavor was just perfect - it is going in my "when I need something quick" recipe file"

kiteley User ID: 4113182 144673
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2014

"another winner!

JR Ranch"

Walk81 User ID: 7753658 144025
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!"

SRAdair User ID: 5856862 113173
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."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 89049
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!"

haydae User ID: 7672417 60793
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 :)"

Zana87 User ID: 1211718 150573
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"I can't thank Elaine Anderson enough for sharing this recipe. It has become our Christmas day favorite, but still leaves me plenty of time to spend with my family. The only change I made was to use one pound of ground beef instead of two."

jgbex1 User ID: 5795516 123305
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2013

"Very good. I used cottage cheese in stead of ricotta."

JenniferNP User ID: 6299014 123240
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"We really enjoyed it for dinner! The recipe makes a lot and I froze half of the meal to bake later."

JanCH User ID: 6677345 64298
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

"easy and tasty."

mail66 User ID: 284407 138289
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"Perhaps we could make it a bit more healthier by using skim Mozzarella cheese, lean ground turkey, low fat ricotta cheese, low sodium Spaghetti sauce, and 2 egg whites and only one whole egg. Even with this makeover, it is still very good!"

swinny User ID: 1858482 72389
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"We had this for dinner tonight & it was delicious. I did put in a pound of sweet Italian turkey sausage along with a lb of ground turkey. Then I added another 1/2 jar of sauce. We thoroughly enjoyed this Ziti :)"

SugarLandJune User ID: 4070889 206465
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2013

"I make this with spicy Italian sausage and also add a jar of alfredo sauce. Sliced zucchini or spinach is a nice add in."

Aindia User ID: 6201823 56993
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"I prepared it using only 1lb of hamburger and enjoyed it. I rarely put ricotta in my lasagna because my hubby doesn't like a big layer of it. So it was a nice change having it mixed in. I think next time tho I'd add more sauce or add a can of tomato sauce as someone else suggested. Otherwise, it was pretty tasty!"

cynderella26 User ID: 7283730 138287
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"Made this last night. It is very good but could definitely use more sauce, so I will either add more spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce next time but it's a keeper!"

SupaDiva User ID: 5950066 64296
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2013

"Excellent!! Real easy to make & taste great! I used ground turkey & added extra cheese & my kids LOVED it! So it's a keeper!! Good job."

kriserickj User ID: 4672159 144671
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"It's is amazing! I use mild Italian sausage in place of the beef, and get recipe requests almost every time I serve it!"

ANomdeplume User ID: 1188667 138032
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I've made this many times, sometimes using jar sauce and sometimes using homemade sauce; it's great both ways. Much quicker than making lasagna but pretty much the same ingredients. I added provolone cheese in addition to the mozzarella because that's how I make homemade lasagna. Anyone that likes lasagna needs to try this one!"

MamaBear40 User ID: 6518854 144670
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2012

"This is such a great recipe. Very straightforward to make, easier than lasagne but with all the same delicious textures and flavours, and quicker too as the sauce doesn't need to be simmered for hours. I used a jar of spaghetti sauce with added vegetables in it, and would try it also with a spicier version of spaghetti sauce too. The quantities were just right for my family who aren't keen on gallons of sauce in contrast to the pasta, and we were all delighted with the results."

leslie1966 User ID: 3337908 137901
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"This was wonderful!!!! I only used 1 lb of meat and used ground turkey so I seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. My kids and husband loved it. My 7 year old son had 4 helpings!!! Leftovers were good too."

1275 User ID: 6324211 64291
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"This is really a great recipe! The only reason I had it put 4 stars is because the leftovers aren't that great. Maybe it is just my opinion. I did make a couple of changes however. Instead of using 2 pounds of beef, I used 1 pound. Also when I made it, I mixed 2 cups of the mozzarella, eggs, ricotta cheese and pasta and layered ALL of it on the bottom. I then topped it with ALL the meat mixture and sprinkled with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It is just as good this way and leaves out the extra hassle of layering it. I am only 13 years old- and I found this recipe quick and easy to make!"

Mamacheese2004 User ID: 2528734 206464
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"I have made this dish several times, and most recently, I made it to serve at my wedding reception. Everyone loved it. I was glad I made more than I needed because it went fast! There were no left overs."

jann3351 User ID: 1001490 206463
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."

agnes24 User ID: 4430156 144669
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Made this as my husband's birthday meal and he loved it! Very easy. Will make again."

stravnikoff User ID: 2244781 59796
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"Great recipe! Used turkey italian sausage and added fresh basil and oregano to the sauce. Excellent!!"

jennhumiston User ID: 4506473 56982
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I think this recipe is a solid 4, if you use some of the suggestions from other reviews it can be a 5. I added fennel when cooking the meat, added carrot for extra veggies (my family was none the wiser), and added a can of tomato sauce to the jar that is called for. It turned out great. Will definitely make again much easier than lasagna."

bmbadgley User ID: 3904867 72386
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Five stars on this one!!!"

bmbadgley User ID: 3904867 206462
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"Used penne pasta, and added chopped onion and minced garlic to ground beef. Also added 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper and 1/8 tsp. black pepper to cheese mixture. Positively delicious!!!! Will be adding to regular mix of recipes!"

ncarmichael User ID: 1902898 206461
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2010

"This was a hit - and it is very easy - but different enough to make it feel special."

Careaga User ID: 2760560 113171
Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"Sauted a red pepper and an onion with the meat and added a layer of pepperoni. Definitely will add this keeper to my recipes."

sf2130 User ID: 3547943 72382
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"Wow, this was good. Has a lasagna taste to it without all the work. I used rigatoni because it was what I had in the pantry. i will definitely make this again."

mammascookin User ID: 2528396 144023
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"I modified this recipe a bit. I like to sneak veggies in for my kids. I used a whole wheat pasta instead. I used 1 lb. ground turkey cooked with some fennel seed (to give it the italien sausage flavor). To substitute the other pound of meat, I used shredded carrot, finely chopped green pepper and chopped onion. So I cooked the meat and veggies together before I added it to the sauce. Turned out great!"

[email protected] User ID: 2187140 144017
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2009

"This was great and for sure a do again in our house."

Cinnamarie User ID: 3472694 56981
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2008

"Loved this recipe, I'm just about to make this for the 2nd time, I'm making a double batch and not going to measure out as closely as I measured before... a bit more sauce, as I am not used to the pasta part seperate from the moistness from the sauce... We love this and we'll make it many more times."

cntbailey User ID: 1507453 123236
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2008

"So very good! I did not add the hamburger and only used 1 jar of light spaghetti sauce 10oz jar. It came out so good..well be making this again. 9 servings at 8oz each..6pts in Weight Watchers!"

cdpeffer User ID: 985984 72379
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2008

"Have made this several times, it bakes up nicely and is a hit at our house each and every time!"

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