Baked Ziti

baked ziti @createdbydiane

 

 

Baked Ziti is an all time favorite in my family,
Italian-Baked-Ziti Recipe @createdbydiane

 

 

it has been one of mine since I was young.

I can remember my mom making it often and I just loved how the Mozzarella Cheese would stretch out long, like on pizza.

I baked this in a 13×9 pan, but it can also be made into individual dishes, which is how I remember my mom making it. Either way it’s delicious.

Baked Ziti
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ziti noodles (or penne)
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 1½ pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1½ teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta until it's aldente (do not over cook the pasta)
  2. When baking pasta under cooking the pasta for a minute is so much better than over cooking it for a second.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef in a pan until it's thoroughly cookedIn large bowl place pasta, marinara sauce.
  4. Add to it the ground beef, salt and pepper to taste along with oregano, mix well.
  5. In a 13x9 pan create 2 layers of the pasta mixture topping each with a cup of grated Mozzarella Cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Until cheese is melted and when you stick a knife into the center of the dish, the food is hot.

 

 

Cook pasta until it’s aldente (do not over cook the pasta) When baking pasta under cooking the pasta for a minute is so much better than over cooking it for a second. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground beef in a pan until it’s thoroughly cooked.

In large bowl place pasta, marinara sauce.

Add to it the ground beef, salt and pepper to taste along with oregano.

Mix well.

In a 13×9 pan create 2 layers of the pasta mixture topping each with a cup of grated Mozzarella Cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

I often make two trays of Baked Ziti and allow one to cool completely, wrap it well and put it in the freezer. It’s wonderful to have a tray of Ziti all prepared, just thaw and reheat.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids says

    This looks delicious. We have pasta night every week, and this recipe will definitely be added to the menu very soon!

  2. 2

    Lin says

    I’ve been wanting to find an easy recipe for this & here it is! Your photos are making me SO hungry, haha. Thanks for posting.

  3. 15

    Kristen says

    I just got back from the gym and am pretty sure I shouldn’t have clicked on this link. Now I’m so hungry for this!! Looks delicious, Diane!

  4. 16

    Tara says

    This recipe was good, but I only cooked it for 35 mins and I think that was too long. The cheese was burned, it was still good but not stringy like picture. I will try cooking for 20 mins next time. Thanks for the recipe!

    • 17

      Diane says

      If the sauce is cold it takes longer, if you’ve heated the sauce before adding it, it will take less time, also a shallow pan will cook faster than a slightly smaller deeper pan. Oven temperature plays a roll here too. Yes by all means cook it until the cheese is bubbly and hot, no need to cook food to the time mentioned if you oven runs hot or if the food is finished quicker, especially when the meat portion of it is precooked. I do find when I bake it in a metal pan it cooks faster than a ceramic dish too.

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