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Sadia Hussain

Dec 11, 2018

Baked Ziti Recipe

This cheesy, saucey, meaty dish is basically deconstructed lasagna but easier to put together. A bowl full of baked ziti is complete comfort food.

I used to make this pasta dish for my kids when they were growing up but it was only when Nursel said "Mama you need more casseroles on the blog" that I remembered one of our old time favorites.

If you want to make this a vegetarian version just leave out the ground beef and feel free to add more cheeses into the mix for richer, cheesier ziti.

This is a tasty baked dish to make for a crowd or for a couple of people to enjoy leftovers for a few meals. It stores in the fridge for several days and reheats perfectly.

Baked Ziti Recipe

Sadia Hussain




1 Hour


  • Olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes or to taste

  • 1/2 kg/1lb ground beef

  • 2 cans tomato sauce

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

  • 1 egg

  • A box of ziti, boiled according to directions

  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)


  1. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with olive oil and set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.

  3. In a medium pot, heat oil and sauté onions and garlic until soft.

  4. Add salt, chili flakes and ground beef and cook on high heat for 15 minutes.

  5. Add tomato sauce and simmer, covered for 10 minutes.

  6. In a large bowl, mix ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and egg.

  7. Add boiled pasta and mix until combined.

  8. Add ground beef and tomato sauce and mix until combined.

  9. Put in baking dish and bake for 20 minutes covered with foil.

  10. Top with Parmesan cheese (optional)

Tips and Bits

You can add basil to this dish.

You can make this with ground chicken too.

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