Baked Ziti

Pasta.  I love every type of this delicious, carb heavy, coma inducing food.  Spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, with red sauce, with white sauce, as a salad….anything.  I love pasta.

Baked ziti is one form of pasta that is versatile and loved by everyone in my family.  This means that it makes its way into the meal rotation on a fairly regular basis.  This is my “go to” meal to make for someone that just had a baby, is sick, etc.


  • 1 box of ziti (I’ve also used penne and rotini)
  • 1 pound of ground meat (beef, turkey, sausage, venison, etc)
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 15 oz of ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt, pepper, Italian seasonings to taste (I also use garlic powder)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, brown the ground meat in a skillet.
  4. Drain off any fat and stir in the pasta sauce.  Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, half the mozzarella cheese, and the seasonings.
  6. Toss hot pasta with the meat sauce.
  7. In a 13×9 baking dish, place half the pasta, top with the cheese mixture, and top again with the remaining pasta.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  9. Loosely cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove foil and bake another 5 minutes until cheese is lightly browned.

See? Easy peasy.  It is ready in less than an hour and goes together really well with some fresh bread. The more carbs the merrier!

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