Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti Recipe

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Judy Martin


This is a recipe that I often make for my church family. It is a big hit. It is easy to increase servings by multiplying each ingredient by 6.
Quick and easy.


★★★★★ 1 vote

35 Min
25 Min


  • 16 oz
    box of ziti
  • 1/2 medium
    onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1 lb
    ground chuck
  • 26 oz
    jar of tomato and basil pasta sauce
  • 3/4 tsp
    salt, divided
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • 3 c
  • 1 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 8 oz
    shredded mozzarella cheese

How to Make Baked Ziti


  1. Cook pasta in large Dutch oven or pot according to package directions. Drain and return to Dutch oven.
  2. Meanwhile, saute chopped onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium high heat 5 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and saute one minute. Add beef, and cook, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain beef mixture, and return to pan. Stir in pasta sauce and 1/2 tsp salt. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, one minute. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Stir in Parmesan cheese, remaining 1/4 tsp. salt, and pepper. Pour sauce over pasta in Dutch oven, stirring until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Transfer pasta mixture to a lightly greased 13X9 baking dish. Top evenly with beef mixture; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min. or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 min. before serving.

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About Baked Ziti

Course/Dish: Beef Pasta Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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