Baked Ziti

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Italian-Baked-Ziti Recipe @createdbydiane

Baked Ziti has been a favorite 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 Recipe printable recipe

1 pound ziti noodles (or penne)

24 oz marinara sauce

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 cups grated Mozzarella Cheese

1 1/2 teaspoon oregano

salt and pepper

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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  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

    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. 3

    We love baked ziti in our house!!! Yours looks so delicious. I also add sautéed eggplant chopped up; it’s a way I can sneak veggies in the meal for the hubs ;)

  4. 4

    Such a great comfort meal! YUM!

  5. 5

    Yumm, baked ziti is one of my “go to” meals. Sometimes I love to add chunks of sausage to it too, delish :)

  6. 6

    Loving all of that cheese!

  7. 7

    This would be perfect on our snow day here in MN!!

  8. 8

    YUM Deeeeeelicious!

  9. 9

    Just looks awesome……very nice pics….. yum n delicious!

  10. 10

    This is perfect! I was just thinking what to make for dinner tonight and this looks so delicious….my boys love baked pasta dishes.

  11. 11

    yummy, a great weeknight meal. perfect comfort food!

  12. 12

    I really wish I didn’t see this… It looks so delicious that I am going to be dreaming about it all night. :)

  13. 13
    Russell van Kraayenburg says:

    Mmm. This is my kind of dinner!

  14. 14

    That looks fantastic, Diane. My family would love it.

  15. 15

    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!


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