Baked Ziti

Baked ziti with a layer of sour cream, three kinds of Italian cheeses, saute ground beef and pasta sauce come together to make a fast and easy weeknight meal. Using the ready-made jarred spaghetti sauce really helps reduce the prep time-getting this scrumptious meal on the table in less than an hour. Serve with garlic bread and a side salad for a midweek meal you won’t soon forget. Next time you are craving Italian pasta but do not have the time to make lasagna, give this recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed! 🙂

Baked Ziti

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  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese





  1. Sauté ground beef, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a large skillet until onion is tender and beef is lightly browned. Drain off excess fat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, sauce mixture, Provolone cheese, sour cream, sauce mixture, remaining ziti, sauce mixture, mozzarella cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.
    1. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.


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11 Responses to “Baked Ziti”

  1. #
    ezsrecipes — October 5, 2010 @ 10:34 am

    I haven’t made baked ziti in ages, but now I am thinking I should! Yours looks lovely, I like the parsley on top! Great photos!

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

      My family loves this ziti! It is so super easy to make on a weeknight. 🙂

  2. #
    Michelle (Jelly Shot Test Kitchen) — October 5, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    Yes, great reminder on the ziti – looks fantastic! Will be on my dinner menu this week! (BTW, beautiful photo – so crisp and colorful with the salad against the white!) Cheers, Michelle

    • Christina replied: — October 7th, 2010 @ 11:21 pm

      Thanks! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂

  3. #
    Pretty. Good. Food. — October 8, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Mmm, a favorite of mine. I will never tire of pasta and cheese 🙂

  4. #
    Steve Perry — October 9, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    I love ziti and will definitely give this a try.

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    Kelly Wallis DiNicolo — October 9, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

    Just made this. Fantastic!

    • Christina replied: — October 9th, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

      Yea!! I am so glad that you enjoyed the ziti! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you! 🙂

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    heather — January 28, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    I have tried other lasagna and ziti recipes that have turned out dry and less than flavorful, but this was easy and is now a family favorite even when made with lowfat and fat free products. We cannot eat it often enough.

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