Classic Baked Ziti

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Servings: 8-10
  • About This Recipe

    “This baked ziti recipe is a simple Italian casserole dish that my family enjoys.”

    Ingredients

  • 1lblean ground beef
  • 1cuponion, chopped
  • 2garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (32ounce) jars meatless sauce
  • 1cupchicken broth
  • 1teaspoondried oregano leaves
  • 1 (16ounce) packages ziti pasta, cooked and drained
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1cupgrated parmesan cheese
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onions, and garlic over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until beef is browned; stirring frequently.
  • Stir in spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, and oregano.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir 1 cup of the sauce into the cooked ziti noodles.
  • Spoon 1/2 of the ziti mixture into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Top with 2 cups sauce, then remaining ziti mixture and remaining sauce.
  • Cover and bake 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Return to oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until heated through.
  • Reviews

  • “You know, I had never had baked ziti before – even eating out. I found this recipe when I was “on the prowl” for something totally different a couple of nights ago. Followed the recipe to a tee (except I subbed salt-free homemade meatless sauce and low-sodium chicken broth so that I could enjoy it without feeling guilty!) and BINGO! I was in business. Served it with a very crisp green salad topped with very spicy Greek olive oil dressing and my homemade sourdough croutons, and it was a meal to remember.”

  • “Delicious. I added lots of sliced mushrooms with the mince because I love them. I will make this again many times.”

  • “This was another great dish.Made plenty, ate the leftovers the next day, it tasted even better if that is possible.”

  • “This was very good..my family loved it..definitely filled a 9 x 13 pan..thanks for sharing this recipe.”

  • “Wow! I would give this recipe 10 stars if I could! It was a very yummy dish and I would not change a thing. I used Prego chunky garden and it turned out awesome. This will be a favorite to make in my house again and again! Thank you!”

  • “The Classic Baked Ziti was great!! My kids and husband loved it. So easy to make. Was great to put together early in the day to have on a busy sport night. Made great left overs too. This one is a keeper. Thanks.”

  • “Thanks for the great recipe!I only had a 26 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce on hand, so I decreased the chicken broth to 1/2 cup, and it was wonderful!My husband loved it and told me I need to make it again… so it’s a keeper!”

  • “I made this tonight and followed Miller’s lead using homemade meat sauce (only kind I had).I don’t know if it was the addition of the chicken stock, but this was just delicious.I thought that the proportion of sauce/liquid to pasta was perfect, and reducing either would have resulted in a skimpy dish.I was careful to leave the boiled pasta undercooked so that by the time it came out of the oven it still had some bite to it.Thank you for a wonderful recipe, we’ll make it often!”

  • “This is a great recipe!Simple to make and delicious. Thanks Caryn!”

  • “Very good and reasonably easy.This really makes a lot, I hope I can find the room in the fridge for the leftovers. I don’t expect them to stay in there too long though. :)I used a 28 oz can of spaghetti sauce, and one cups worth of chicken boullion with a cup of water instead of broth.I think next time I’ll use a jar with the full amount.Judging from my husband’s reaction this will definitely be going on dinner rotation.”

  • “This turned out really well.I served it with a nice green salad and fresh bread and my whole family enjoyed it.I followed the recipe to a “T” and it came out perfectly.I will definitely make this again.Thanks for posting, Caryn.”

  • “I made my own meatless sauce the day before and it was a breeze to put together the next evening.I had 7 people for dinner and the two teenagers had two huge helpings.I served salad and french garlic bread.Someone said in a review that 16 ozs of pasta was to much.I did not find this to be true,but the right amount.I did have some left over,but this is a plus for me,we love leftovers.Thanks for sharing your recipe it was enjoyed by all :0) “

  • “My husband and I both thought this was very good. I only made a few changes to the recipe; I added additional garlic, some Italian seasonings, half of a red pepper, and then some red pepper flakes (we tend to like things on the spicy side). Quite tasty!”

  • “It was very good.The only thing I added to It was ricotta cheese and I cooked It a little longer than what It said.”

  • “Excellent recipe- very easy too!Thanks for sharing!”

  • “Absolutely delicious! I used small penne pasta I had on hand instead of the ziti, and added a bit more sauce than called for. (We love LOTS of sauce). Turned out perfect. Eating the leftovers tonight for dinner as well. I just have to make some more homemade garlic bread to go with it! Definitely a keeper! Thanks for posting.”

  • “Very easy to make and everyone loved it!! There were no leftovers! It was very tasty. Thank you!”

  • “Delicious and easy!I had 10 family members for dinner and needed something simple and quick because I work full time.Received many compliments. Even the picky toddlers who don’t have long attention spans ate 3 plate-fulls.Because I like people to eat their fill, I did double the recipe and now have plenty of leftovers for everyone’s lunch.A definite keeper!”

  • “Great recipe – my whole family enjoyed it and I will definitely make it again.”

  • “Even though I messed up on a few things (like putting in the whole can of chicken broth instead of just a cup and putting the cheese on top as at the beginning of the cooking time instead of just at the end) it was incredibly delicious! Everyone loved it. Thanks for a recipe I can use regularly because it was so easy and quick to prepare.”

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