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Classic Baked Ziti


This Classic Baked Ziti recipe is a simple Italian casserole dish that is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

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  • 16 ounces Mueller's Ziti
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 6 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 cup pasta water, reserved from cooking Ziti
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided


Preparation time 30mins


Step 1

Slightly undercook Ziti, about 8 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, cover and set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

In large skillet over medium heat cook beef, onion and garlic; stirring frequently 6-8 minutes or until beef is browned. Drain excess fat. Stir in 5 cups of sauce and pasta water. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Mix meat/sauce mixture with Ziti.

Spoon 1/2 of Ziti mixture into 13x9 baking dish. Sprinkle with Mozzarella and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Top with remaining Ziti mixture and remaining 1 cup Spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

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