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Baked Ziti III


"A delicious side or main dish with beef, basil and lots of cheese. You can substitute the beef for Italian sausage or add a combination. Serve with crusty warm bread and a green salad, if desired."
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50 m servings 761 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 761 kcal
  • 38%
  • Fat:
  • 34.4 g
  • 53%
  • Carbs:
  • 74.9g
  • 24%
  • Protein:
  • 36.2 g
  • 72%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Sodium:
  • 1258 mg
  • 50%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat. Add onions; saute until tender. Drain off fat and add spaghetti sauce; simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. In a lightly greased 2 quart baking dish, place about half of the pasta; top with a layer of provolone and mozzarella cheese slices. Spread on a layer of half the spaghetti sauce mixture and sour cream.
  5. Cover with remaining pasta, cheese and sauce; sprinkle a layer of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly; serve.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

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Great recipe. I took the advice of another and tossed the ziti with the sour cream before layering. I will NEVER skip this step. The noodles stayed creamy and delicious. I browned ground pork, u...

Most helpful critical review

This was just OK. I thought the addition of sourcream took away from the "Italianess" of the dish. I love ziti but won't be making it this way again.

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Great recipe. I took the advice of another and tossed the ziti with the sour cream before layering. I will NEVER skip this step. The noodles stayed creamy and delicious. I browned ground pork, u...

I wish I could rate this 10star!!! I made this exactly per the recipe, only change I made was extra cheese, my family loves italian cheeses, other that I did it exactly. I made this on friday ni...

Aside from a fabulous recipe, this was SO fast. My boyfriend raved about it and so did I. Made a nice 9x13 FULL of ziti. Great for a family style meal with several guests or a pot luck. Some ti...

I read the reviews and decided to be a little creative. I mixed the ziti with sour cream, ricotta, 1 egg, and 1 jar of the spaghetti sauce. I used Italian sausage and browned it with onion and g...

This was great as it was written!

I have been making this recipe for several years and it is excellent. Have given the recipe out many times. Sour cream is MUCH less expensive than riccotta cheese, and many guests do not belie...

This is for kathyj2008. I totally agree with you. My pet peeve is people that rate it high or low and then follow up with so many changes that it is nothing like the original. I like to hear ...

Fantastic recipe! Made so much that I split it into two batches, freezing one (before baking) and baking the other. I needed to use a little more cheese than called for because of this, but on...

This was so good! I was going to make Baked Ziti I, but decided on this one due to the fresh basil (I love it! And I have my own basil plant). I used a pound of whole wheat penne instead of zi...