Best Baked Ziti

Best Baked Ziti Recipe

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Linda Tennant


This is my most favorite Italian recipe. I don't remember where I got this recipe from, but I love to make this when company comes over. Serve with a salad and some warm garlic bread. It's the next best thing to being in heaven!


★★★★★ 2 votes

30 Min
30 Min


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  • 1 lb
    dry ziti pasta
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1
    onion sliced
  • 1 tsp
    fresh rosemary, minced
  • 4 clove
    garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 lb
    ground pork sausage
  • 1 1/2
    (26oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
  • ·
    salt to taste
  • 1 pkg
    (6oz.) provolone cheese, shredded
  • 3/4 c
    sour cream
  • 3/4 c
    cottage cheese
  • 1 pkg
    (6oz.) mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp
    freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to Make Best Baked Ziti


  1. Bring a lg. pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 8 to 10 min., or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in lg. heavy skillet over med. heat. Cook onion in oil until tender. Stir in rosemary and garlic. Transfer to a small bowl. Place ground beef and sausage in the skillet. Cook over med. high heat until evenly brown. Stir in the onion mixture and the spaghetti sauce. Season with salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 min. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 in. baking dish. In the prepared dish, layer 1/2 the cooked pasta, provolone cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, and a little less than 1/2 of the meat mixture. Then layer the rest of the pasta, mozzarella cheese, remaining meat mixture, and Parmesan cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through and cheeses are melted.

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About Best Baked Ziti

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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