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Italian Baked Ziti

This comforting Italian dish has a from-scratch spaghetti sauce, ziti pasta and a generous combination of cheeses. You can easily double the recipe to serve a larger crowd.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + simmering Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-3/4 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 8 ounces ziti or small tube pasta
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Stir in the spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, tomato paste, water, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, basil and 1/2 teaspoon oregano. Cover and simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper.
  • Spread 1 cup meat sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with half of the pasta, a third of the meat sauce and half of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and oregano.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 431 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 81mg cholesterol, 818mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 6g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • christinebbd
    Mar 25, 2020

    I've made this recipe for years, it's a favorite of mine. The sauce and the cheeses are perfect together.

  • glo58bes
    Apr 26, 2016

    I simmered the sauce for 20 minutes just because it was easier to blend all ingredients (and this is how I've made my lasagna sauce for years). I doubled the recipe, used a 4 quart Corning casserole pan and did have some leftover sauce. I just added the sauce to the leftover pasta. My family liked this very much.

  • dpuggaboo
    Jul 6, 2013

    No comment left

  • DaniCalifornia
    Apr 27, 2012

    I have made this several times and I always enjoy it!

  • dporter12
    Mar 13, 2012

    This is a very good ziti. Just remember to give yourself plenty of time. 3 hours for the sauce plus an hour for baking.

  • Cryan1877
    Mar 4, 2012

    No comment left

  • Melissal85
    Jan 29, 2012

    I made this recipe and followed directions exactly. Ended up with not much sauce or cheese mixture. I will have to double it next time.

  • Rotavele
    Sep 24, 2011

    My favorite pasta dish I love it!!

  • jann3351
    Feb 24, 2011

    This is great. Everyone that I have served it to they really like it. It will be made again and again.For snaller entre use a 8X8 baking dish and freeze one ofr later.