Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe -
Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe
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Baked Ziti Casserole

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"Layers of pasta, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese baked together for a satisfying family casserole."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Cook beef in large skillet over medium-high heat 7 minutes, or until browned and crumbled, stirring frequently; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and tomato paste; blend well.
  2. Spoon 1/2 cup meat sauce into bottom of prepared baking dish. Top with half the pasta, half the remaining sauce, and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat layers, starting with pasta and ending with cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 15, 2011

This was pretty easy and very tasty. I was afraid that my husband wasn't going to like it, so I made a few modifications. Instead of the Four Cheese sauce, I used Garlic and Herb and I also seasoned the ground beef a bit. Overall, this was an easy recipe to follow and I got some good feedback.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 19, 2011

Very simple. I prefer a little garlic and onion with the meat, and ricotta cheese. I also think it is better to mix pasta with sauce to prevent pasta from becoming dried out in spots.


11 Ratings

Oct 06, 2011

Great! I mixed the pasta and sauce together before I layered.

Apr 20, 2011

A bit acidy but really easy and yummy.

Feb 27, 2012

Simple enough... for me to screw up. LOL! Seriously though, what I did wrong was NOT cook the pasta. Not a biggie really since this is how I make my lasagna. I usually rinse out the sauce jar and add that water to the casserole and it comes out perfectly. Takes longer to bake but on this day I had the time. Fewer dirty dishes, quicker prep time. I used a bit more mozz and added garlic powder and parmesan. I also used a spaghetti sauce of personal choice and a store brand tomato paste. Next time I would be inclined to add a couple cloves of fresh garlic and maybe a 1/4 lb of sweet or mild Italian sausage, ricotta cheese mixed with egg and a can of stewed tomatoes. :-9

Dec 08, 2011

This was super easy to make. I think I may have tripled the pasta requirements, but I thought it needed it. I didn't think there would be enough of the meat mixture, but there definitely was. My children even enjoyed this, and they hardly eat anything.

Apr 05, 2011

very good I spiced the meat and the sauce to my liking though

Aug 19, 2014

Tried it for a bunch of friends. Every one loved it!


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  • Calories
  • 378 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 43.8 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 8.5 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 5.9 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 863 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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