Baked Ziti

May 16, 2024

 

Baked Ziti

We like easy and delicious at our house. Baked Ziti checks both of those boxes! Here is how we make it!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb browsey acres American wagyu ground beef
  • 28 oz crushed tomatos
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • minced garlic
  • 16 oz ziti pasta
  • pepperonis for topping

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine crushed tomatos, olive oil, ricotta, and seasonings and stir until smooth.
  • In heavily salted water, cook ziti to al dente per package directions.
  • Brown ground beef, feel free to season with a little salt and pepper if desired.
  • Once cooked through, combine sauce and ground beef.
  • If using block cheese, grate and set aside.
  • When ziti is ready, drain and combine with sauce/ground beef mixture.
  • On a foil lined baking sheet, spreads out pepperonis and bake at 350 for around 10 min. This will render some of the fat so the ziti isn't swimming in grease and it gives a nice texture.
  • In a 9 x 13 casserole dish add a layer of ziti/sauce then cover with half of mozzarella/parm reserving the other half for the top.
  • Repeat for a 2nd layer adding the pepperonis in amongst the cheese on top layer.
  • Cover with foil. Bake in a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes covered. Remove the foil and bake 10 more min. Enjoy!

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Notes

If you want to use store bought sauce feel free to do so.Obviously you can reduce or discard the seasonings added.  

1 Comment

  1. Tammie Little

    Ty for sharing the recipe

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