Classic Baked Ziti

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

Classic Baked Ziti
Classic Baked Ziti

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

30

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

--

servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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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