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Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

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The school year is winding down and we’re heading into the busy season of Mother’s Day, graduations, open houses, baby showers, Father’s Day and weddings! On the nights you stay home between all of those parties I bet you’d like an easy to prepare family meal. Here you go: this baked ziti recipe is delicious, quick and simple. In our house we always have left-overs—perfect for a quick lunch that can be warmed up in the microwave. We usually add a fresh greens salad and sometimes even a little garlic bread. Yum!


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  • 16 oz. box of ziti
  • ½ pound of ground beef
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 15 oz. of ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 cup of mozzarella cheese +
  • ½ cup of mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook ziti and set aside
  • On medium heat cook beef, onion, and garlic until beef is browned
  • Stir in sauces and oregano, and keep on heat until mixture starts to boil
  • Combine 1 cup of beef/sauce mixture with cooked ziti
  • Spoon in ½ of ziti mixture into a large baking dish
  • Top with ricotta and 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup of sauce
  • Spoon in the rest of the ziti mixture and top with the rest of the sauce
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
  • Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese
  • Bake uncovered for 10 minutes

Yields 8-10 servings…depending on how hungry you are!


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.