Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti Recipe

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Denise Dernorsek


I wanted to make something yummy for my sister after her recent shoulder surgery, so I started thinking about some sort of baked pasta dish. I came up with this one and she loved it! It looks like a lot of ingredients, but it comes together really quickly. This recipe will make two 9x13 pans - one to freeze!

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30 Min
1 Hr 15 Min



1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1 medium
sweet onion, chopped
1 tsp
salt (i use kosher salt)
1 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground if possible
4 clove
garlic, finely chopped
anchovies, chopped
28 oz. can(s)
whole italian tomatoes
2 jar(s)
classico tomato and basil spaghetti sauce
1 Tbsp
italian seasoning
1 tsp
red pepper flakes (more or less, to taste)
1/2 c
red wine
1 lb
ground beef
1 lb
ground pork


2 lb
ziti pasta
1 large
container whole milk ricotta cheese
10 oz
frozen chopped spinach, thawed, liquid squeezed out
1 c
shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp
salt (i use kosher salt)
2 tsp
black pepper, freshly ground if possible


1 c
italian cheese blend or shredded parmesan and mozzarella combined

How to Make Baked Ziti


  • 1In a large Dutch oven or saucepan on medium heat, saute the onions, seasoned with salt and pepper, in the olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and anchovies and stir until anchovies are broken up and incorporated into the mixture.
  • 2Add tomatoes, breaking them up by squeezing or with a wooden spoon. Cook mixture until tomatoes are warmed and then add both jars of spaghetti sauce. Add Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and wine.
  • 3Add beef and pork, stirring until meat is broken up and incorporated into sauce. It will break up very finely since it has not been precooked.
  • 4Turn heat to med-low and simmer sauce for about 45 min.
  • 5While sauce cooks, cook ziti in salted boiling water for about a minute less than package directions for al dente.
  • 6Mix ricotta, 1 cup Parmesan, spinach, salt and pepper in large bowl. When ziti is done cooking, drain and add it to the cheese mixture and mix well.
  • 7Put about 1 cup sauce in the bottom of each 9x13 pan, divide ziti mixture evenly between pans and top with sauce - about 3 cups, more if you prefer.
  • 8Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 min., adding cheese topping 10 minutes before baking time is done.

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About Baked Ziti

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