Over-the-Top Baked Ziti

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours 20 min.


8 servings

Updated: Aug. 25, 2023
I adapted a ziti recipe to remove ingredients my kids did not like, such as ground beef. The revised recipe was a success not only with my family but at potlucks too. It's so versatile: You can use jarred sauce, double or triple the recipe, and even freeze it. —Kimberley Pitman, Smyrna, Delaware Field Editor
Over-the-Top Baked Ziti Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cans (29 ounces each) tomato puree
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • ZITI:
  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Additional minced fresh parsley, optional


  1. In a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. Cook ziti according to the package directions. In a large bowl, combine egg, ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and 5 cups slow-cooked sauce. Drain ziti; stir into sauce mixture.
  3. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350° until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. If desired, garnish with additional parsley.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 499 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 826mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein.

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