Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 1 hr Servings: 10



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta in salted water according to package instructions until just al dente then drain and set aside.

  2. In a deep pan or dutch oven over medium high heat, cook ground beef and onion, breaking up the beef with a spatula, until beef is fully cooked through and onions are soft. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and saute another minute. Add the marinara, bring to a simmer and continue cooking 5 minutes then turn off the heat.

  3. Spread a ladle of meat sauce over the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish.

  4. Into the remaining sauce, add basil and ricotta and stir until combined. Fold in past until the noodles are just coated.

  5. Transfer half of the past to the casserole dish, smooth it level and top with half of the mozzarella and half of the parmesan. Add the remaining pasta, smooth and top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.

  6. Clear the edges of the pan so the cheese doesn't burn onto the dish. Bake for 25 minutes and broil 1-2 minutes to brown the cheese. Let cool 5 minutes then garnish with basil if desired and serve.

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