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Baked Beef Ziti


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  • 12 oz. uncooked ziti
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 pounds uncooked lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 28 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


Preparation time 40mins
Cooking time 85mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 3-5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.

Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover surface); top with half of cooked ziti. Next, layer with half of remaining beef-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining beef-tomato sauce; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving

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