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Baked Ziti

 

World Famous Baked Ziti!

Pasta dishes are always a hit in my house and this Baked Ziti is no exception! My 5 year old son devours this dish. This recipe is from one of my favorite aunts, Tarrah. Also this recipe makes a ton and is great when cooking for a crowd! I am always asked about dishes that are great to prepare ahead for the week – this dish freezes wonderfully! Also, if you are ever in need of a dish to take to a family or friend, this is the perfect option! It is quick, easy and such a crowd pleaser! This recipe will serve a whole family – approx 8-10 servings! I hope you love leftovers!

Hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!

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Yield: 8-10 seervings

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 2 (26 oz.) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced'
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

    1. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
    2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    4. Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
    5. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese, and remaining sauce mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes or until all cheeses are melted.

Baked Ziti Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 2 (26 oz.) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced’
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated

How to Make Baked Ziti

Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese, and remaining sauce mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until all cheeses are melted.

Why cook the pasta al dente?

Cooking the pasta al dente will ensure that your noodles don’t get soggy! Having some structure to your noodles will help the texture after it comes out of the oven!

Should I use sausage or ground beef?

This is totally up to you! I love it both ways – it is purely based on preference!

How should I store baked ziti?

  1. If you’re freezing this recipe prior to baking, cover with tin foil and write the baking instructions on top. It can freeze for up to 6 months!
  2. Once baked, it will store in the fridge for 2-3 days

I’m bringing this to a family member, should I bake it first?

If the family you’re bringing this to is planning on eating right away, I would bake it at home before transporting! If it might be awhile or if it is a surprise meal, I would let them bake it since it doesn’t take too long in the oven!

 

Ready to get started? Happy layering!!

Voila! Enjoy your baked ziti!

 

If you do make this recipe, please tag me on Instagram @madeitateitlovedit! I would love to see your amazing creations!

 

 

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Baked Ziti

Servings 8 people
Author madeitateitlovedit

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ziti pasta
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or Italian Sausage
  • 2 26 oz jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 oz provolone cheese slices
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 6 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×13 baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese, and remaining sauce mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until all cheeses are melted.

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5 Comments

  1. I really want to try your recipe for the baked ziti but am wondering how much spaghetti sauce to use.
    Could you let me know how much you used for this recipe?
    Thanks

  2. 5 stars
    Ive been making Ziti for years and eating it. This is by far the best recipe I have found. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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