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A plate of pasta with cheese strings on a fork.

Baked Ziti

  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • 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!



  • 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 for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F
  11. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  12. Broil at 450 degrees F for 3-5 minutes or until cheese has browned
  13. Dish and serve hot