Baked Ziti is a classic Italian dish that is easy to make and is a crowd-pleaser.
Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hour
This recipe serves 8 people.
- 1 lb ziti pasta
- 1 lb ground beef or Italian sausage
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions for Baked Ziti recipe:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cook the ziti pasta according to package instructions until al dente, then drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef or Italian sausage over medium heat. Drain off any excess fat.
- Add the diced onion and minced garlic to the skillet and sauté for 2-3 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and marinara sauce to the skillet, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Stir in the heavy cream and grated Parmesan cheese, and season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
- Add the cooked ziti pasta to the skillet, and stir until the pasta is well coated in the sauce.
- Transfer the pasta mixture to a large baking dish, and top it with the grated mozzarella cheese.
- Bake the ziti in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
To dress it up, you can add fresh basil leaves or chopped parsley on top of the dish before serving.
Nutrition per serving (based on 8 servings): Calories: 600 Fat: 32g Carbs: 53g Protein: 27g