Baked Ziti Recipe

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Baked Ziti

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!

★★★★★ 1 vote
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


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.

About this Recipe

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