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5 from 8 votes

Baked Ziti Recipe

Cheesy Baked Ziti Recipe - Baked ziti loaded with pasta, marinara, cheese and beef that makes the ultimate Italian dish. A staple family recipe that's always a big crowd pleaser!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Calories: 429kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 pound ziti or penne noodles
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 26 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (2 teaspoons fresh)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-4 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 cups grated fresh mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic then saute for 3-5 minutes, or until onions are tender. Add in hamburger and cook until brown.
  • While hamburger is browning boil pasta according to package directions, then drain.
  • Once hamburger is brown, add tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, salt, oregano, pepper and basil leaves. Stir and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Stir in sour cream and noodles. Then pour half the mixture into the pan. Top with half of the mozzarella cheese and then pour the rest of the pasta mixture on top. Place the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
  • Top with fresh basil or parsley if desired.


Freezer tip: Place half of the ziti mixture into an 8x8" pan and cover with foil. Then place pan in a zip top bag and freeze. When ready to cook, remove from the freezer and thaw on the counter for 1 hour or in the refrigerator overnight. Preheat the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes. 


Calories: 429kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 851mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 13.5mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 3.8mg