Homemade Baked Ziti with Ricotta & Meat Sauce

2 Jan


My homemade baked ziti with meat sauce.

This is the best baked ziti recipe, I’ve been mastering over the past few years. I dont want to brag but its the best baked ziti I’ve ever had, and i dont usually love my cooking that much haha. Very moist, simple, and everyone loves it! (so far atleast!). I make it every year for Christmas and we eat the left overs all week. :)


1 box of ziti noodles
1 jar of Ragu traditional sauce (45 oz)
1+ lb of ground beef (1 to 1.5 lbs is good, as desired)
1 2lb container of ricotta cheese
1 4 cup bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
Italian bread crumbs
Italian Seasoning

Preheat oven to 425
Boil pasta
Cook ground beef in frying pan, drain. Add bread crumbs, basil, and italian seasoning to ground beef mixture until desired taste. Add a generous amount of bread crumbs!

Put all ricotta, ground beef mixture, pasta, and majority of sauce into ziti pan. Save some sauce for topping though. Add in some shredded mozzarella cheese too, maybe 1 to 2 cups, as desired. Mix all together very well. Smooth out on top. Cover with a layer of sauce, make sure to put sauce on the edges which keeps it from drying out, sprinkle on some breadcrumbs and basil, cover generously with shredded mozzarella.

Cover very loosely with aluminum foil. Dont want the foil to touch the cheese! Bake on 425 for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 45 minutes or so. Check on it to make sure cheese does not burn. You will know when its done – cheese will be melted and light golden brown in spots and ziti will be hot through the middle. Cooking times will vary.


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