Baked Ziti 1-2-3

Susan Feliciano Recipe

By Susan Feliciano frenchtutor

10 Min
1 Hr

This is so easy, and quick to put together. But be sure to allow an hour total for it to be ready to serve. You can also bake garlic bread in the oven with it, and prepare a green salad, and your meal is done! Be sure to have some Italian Gelato on hand for dessert.

For a gluten-free version, use gluten free pasta, and meatballs made with GF breadcrumbs or oats.


6 oz
uncooked ziti pasta
any type of pasta works- you may use gluten-free brands!
6-ounce cans v-8 juice
1 c
ricotta cheese (optional)
1 lb
frozen or homemade meatballs
1-2 tsp
mixed italian herbs (optional)
1 jar(s)
favorite spaghetti sauce
1 c
shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 c
grated parmesan cheese

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 375°. Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 2½ or 3 quart casserole. Pour V-8 juice over top of the pasta, making sure it covers most of the pasta. (Spoon the ricotta cheese, if using, evenly over the pasta.)
Arrange the meatballs over the pasta, and sprinkle with Italian herbs if desired. I use a blend by Pampered Chef, but any mixture of oregano, thyme, basil, and parsley will work. Pour the spaghetti sauce evenly over the meatballs and cover the casserole dish tightly with foil.
Bake about 40-45 minutes, until the pasta is tender. Uncover casserole and top with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Return to oven uncovered for another 15-20 minutes until cheeses are melted and very lightly browned.

Karen Workman adds this Crockpot variation:
I prepared this in the Crockpot...left in on high for about 2 hours, then put it under the broiler for about 10 minutes to brown the cheese. It worked perfectly and was very yummy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtag: #Meatballs

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Karen Workman kmworkman
Nov 7, 2012
Hi Susan, I left it right in the crock pot while under the broiler and it browned perfectly and I didn't have to transfer it.
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Oct 26, 2012
Another friend said she replaced half the V-8 juice with red wine, and it turned out wonderful! So glad for all the variations.
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Oct 26, 2012
BTW, Karen - did you just leave it in the crock to put under the broiler, or did you transfer it to a baking dish?
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Oct 26, 2012
Karen, thanks for trying out the crockpot method! And for sharing the directions. Good to know there are variations that work.