Classic Baked Ziti


Baked ziti is a simple and easy lasagna but without the headache. Baked ziti is the ultimate meal for one and usually lasts a few days. Not only is the dish tasty, it is also very filling. The advantage of baked ziti is that there is a little bit of each ingredient in every bite. The key to an unforgettable baked ziti is the more cheese, the better.


1 lb ground beef
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves crushed garlic
2 cans tomato sauce
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 lb of ziti pasta
2 lbs grated mozzarella cheese
½ grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley


-In a medium pan, sauté the garlic and onions until soft

-Add the ground beef and cook until brown

-Add the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning and simmer for 30 minutes

-In a separate pot, bring 1 lb of ziti to a boil

-Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

-In a baking pan add the cooked pasta, grated mozzarella and spoon the meat sauce over the noodles; mix together until evenly distributed

– Top the mixed noodles with the remainder of mozzarella and parmesan cheese

-Bake for 20-25 minutes

-When the ziti is completed and cooled, sprinkle with parsley and serve

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    • Gabrielle
    • November 10, 2016

    Simple and easy lasagna that is def without a headache!!

    • Cody Ray
    • November 10, 2016

    SOOO much cheese. SOOO good. Love it.

    • Jordan
    • November 10, 2016

    Before serving I sprinkled even more Parmesan cheese and really recommend it. Adds extra cheesy greatness and who doesn’t love that on their Baked Ziti.

    • Steph Lens
    • November 10, 2016

    I’ve never heard of this dish. Thanks to Cookfor1 I know what I will be making for dinner. Love it.

    • Yin
    • November 10, 2016

    @StephLens Did you save the leftovers? How did it heat up the next day.

    • Steph Lens
    • November 10, 2016

    @Yin No leftovers in my family. But I imagine it would be fine. I’m thinking about making another dish, adding some veggies and bringing it to the office for lunch.

    • April
    • November 10, 2016

    Classic indeed. This reminds me of my grandma

    • Jonny
    • November 10, 2016

    I have never turned on a stove. It’s time to cook for this one. Wish me all the luck

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