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A plate of pasta with cheese strings on a fork.

Baked Ziti

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  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


Baked Ziti is a great family meal to bring to the table with 3 kinds of cheese, a hearty meat sauce and a cheesy browned top!


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  • 16 oz. ziti, cooked al dente
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente. Rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Over medium-high heat, brown the beef until cooked through. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Remove beef and set aside. Saute onions and garlic until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in beef, marinara sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, bouillon cubes, sugar and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine eggs, ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Add the pasta to the cheese mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  7. Spoon 1/3 of the meat sauce into a 9×13 casserole dish.
  8. Top with half the pasta mixture.
  9. Repeat layers once more and finish with a final layer of meat sauce.
  10. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350°F.
  11. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and broil at 450°F for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has browned.
  12. Dish and serve hot.
  13. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins