Beefy Baked Ziti Recipe -
Beefy Baked Ziti Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Beefy Baked Ziti

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"This recipe, adapted to use the traditional flavors of Classico® Pasta Sauce, was originally submitted by Allrecipes home cook Colleen B. Smith."

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    55 mins


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add pasta sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 20, 2012

Simply delicious! This is very easy to throw together and perfect for a hearty weeknight meal. So if your're in the mood for Italian but think you don't have the time - think again. I added 1/2 lb. of sausage to the ground beef and onion along with some fresh minced garlic. And, to the sauce I added a little red wine and some Italian seasoning to give a bit of a flavor boost. The sour cream was a nice change from the usual ricotta cheese and I just eyeballed the other cheeses when layering. I covered it and baked it a little longer than 30 minutes leaving it uncovered for the last 10 minutes. Great with garlic bread and a salad!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 07, 2012

this was just OK. I added fresh minced garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to give it something. Still very bland.

Dec 20, 2010

very good with a few changes. First I used sausage instead of ground beef. Beef tends to be a bit bland for my tastes. Then I sauted garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, and a dash of cayenne pepper with the onion. Otherwise kept it the same. My 4 star rating is without the changes, 5 stars with them. Very cheesy and flavorful that the whole family enjoyed. Thanks for the basic recipe Colleen!

Dec 23, 2010

I followed this recipe exactly, and ended up making it again only two or three days later. Absolutely delicious, I wouldn't change a thing!

Jan 24, 2011

Was a "hit" with the family. It is simple to make and quite tasty. I added a little more cheese because everything tastes better with more cheese :). I also used penne pasta instead of ziti.

Dec 21, 2010

Very very tasty dish. I used ground chicken instead of beef, added fresh chopped garlic with the onion and chicken, and omitted the provolone because I can't get that cheese in Belgium.

Feb 22, 2011

This dish was very good. Lots of flavor!! I made recipe as is, except added chopped garlic. My husband loved it. I will make this dish on a regular basis. It's that good. Great recipe Colleen.

Dec 29, 2010

This would have been amazing if I would have stuck to the recipe and used ground beef. I made the mistake of using hot italian sausage.


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  • Calories
  • 522 kcal
  • 26%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 51.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 68 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 22.5 g
  • 35%
  • Fiber
  • 4.6 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 27.6 g
  • 55%
  • Sodium
  • 682 mg
  • 27%

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

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