Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe

Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe.This baked ziti is packed with meat, cheese and delicious spices. A filling dish, this Hearty Italian Baked Ziti will become a family favorite!





Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe

This baked ziti is packed with meat, cheese and delicious spices. A filling dish, this Hearty Italian Baked Ziti will become a family favorite!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes

Ingredients:

16oz Ziti Pasta Noodles
3 TBSP Olive Oil
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
½ tsp Dried Basil
½ tsp Thyme
½ tsp Oregano
½ lb Italian Sausage, ground
2 Cloves Garlic, crushed
28oz Marinara Sauce
14.5oz Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
16oz Ricotta Cheese
1 Large Egg
3 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

• Preheat oven to 375°.
• Spray a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
• Cook the pasta slightly less than al dente; set aside. (You want the pasta to be a little undercooked so it will not become mushy while it bakes in the oven.)
• While the pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pan. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef, basil, thyme and oregano. Break the beef up with a spoon and cook over medium heat until cooked.
• In a separate pan, cook the Italian sausage until done, breaking it up into small pieces with your spoon. Drain and set aside.
• Add the crushed garlic and the cooked Italian sausage to the beef mixture; cook for additional 1-2 minutes.
• Add the marinara sauce and diced tomatoes to the meat mixture; bring to a simmer. Continue to cook over medium-low heat for 7 minutes.
• In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta and egg until smooth. Add 2 cups mozzarella and 1 cup Parmesan cheese; stir to combine.
• In a very large bowl, toss the pasta with 3 cups of the pasta sauce; add ricotta mixture. Stir to combine.
• Pour half the mixture into your prepared baking dish and top with half of the remaining sauce. Add the remaining pasta mixture and gently flatten with a spatula. Pour the rest of the sauce over the top and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
• Bake for 45 minutes, uncover and top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
• Serve hot.

Makes 6 servings Hearty Italian Baked Ziti

Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe.This baked ziti is packed with meat, cheese and delicious spices. A filling dish, this Hearty Italian Baked Ziti will become a family favorite!


• To save on bowls to wash, use the pasta pot to mix everything. It’s large enough and only had water and pasta in it.
• Additions to consider: extra marina sauce, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, fresh basil, fresh parsley.
• Cook the Italian sausage separately because it releases a lot of fat. You can drain it, and that helps prevent the sauce from becoming too greasy.
• If you don’t have lean ground beef, you’ll want to brown that off by itself (with no spices), and then return it to the pan with the spices, sausage and garlic.
• This will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator and freezes well!

Hearty Italian Baked Ziti Recipe.This baked ziti is packed with meat, cheese and delicious spices. A filling dish, this Hearty Italian Baked Ziti will become a family favorite!


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  2. The Hearty Italian Baked Ziti was delicious! You created a very straight forward recipe that was easy to follow and really great! It also reheats extremely well. I got huge raves from the men in my life. Thanks!

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