Baked Ziti Balls

Leanne D.


When my sons were small,they would hear me call this baked ziti,but they would say,"it's ziti balls!".Now that I don't eat meat,I use Gardein's beefless beef meatballs so I can have the same dish my family is having. They're pretty good!

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2 lb ground sirloin
1 egg,beaten
3 t. bread crumbs
2 t fresh parsley,minced
2 t. fresh basil,minced
4 t. onions,minced
2 cloves garlic,minced
1/4 c parmesan cheese
3 t. milk
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
salt & pepper


2 t onion,minced
2 t. carrot,minced
2 garlic cloves,minced
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
2 t. fresh basil,minced
1 t. oregano
1/2 beef broth
2 28 ox can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 c ricotta cheese
salt & pepper to taste
fresh basil leaves,torn
2 lb ziti,cooked less than al dente


1 t oregano
1/2 c parmesan cheese
2-3 c mozzarella cheese
fresh basil,torn


1Lightly mix all the meatball ingredients together,form by tablespoons into balls.Fry in batches in a little oil,turning until cooked through.
Sauté onions,carrots until soft, add garlic,pepper flakes,,oregano,broth,tomatoes,salt & pepper,Simmer 15 mins. Stir in basil & ricotta cheese. Remove about 1 1/2 c sauce, set aside.Add meatballs and ziti,stir.Pour into a casserole.Spoon remaining sauce over dish,top with oregano,Parmesan, mozzarella & basil.Bake 350 deg. 20 min.or until bubbly.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian