Baked Ziti is easy, a no-brainer and tastes good homemade or semi-homemade. This recipe started off being semi-homemade, in that I buy the marinara and Alfredo pasta sauces to make the ziti sauce. The other way is that I make my own pasta sauces- maybe I will share those two recipes with you someday… Anyways This dish also makes great leftovers- if I am ever lucky enough to make it last that long- Kyler usually heats half the first night. I started making baked Ziti primarily to shake things up and because I was looking for budget-oriented dinners. Pasta- although it is not low carb and ultimately doesn’t nothing to help my migraine problem- is a great place to start when creating cheap dinners. Nonetheless, baked ziti is a great staple in your Meal Plan Rotation.

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 package penne or bowtie pasta
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzeralla cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook ground beef with seasoning, onion and garlic. Drain grease when finished cooking. 
  • Cook pasta until tender
  • Combing sauce, meat, pasta and some cheese in a large bowl. Stir until even consistency 
  • Pour into a casserole dish and cover with Mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Optional: Bake with lid

Notes

I make the baked ziti with either my Noritake 2-Quart Colorwave Covered Casserole with the lid on or the CorningWare dish without the lid- Kyler claims there is a difference but I’m not sure. (The wonders of Christmas and wedding gift lists). This is one of Kyler’s Top Favorite dinners that he likes me making- the other Top Favorite include my chicken soup, beef stew, cream of potato soup, and fajita pasta.

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Baked Ziti

Thetinytwentysomethingblog
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 meals

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 package penne or bowtie pasta
  • 1 jar Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 jar Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzeralla cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cook ground beef with seasoning, onion and garlic. Drain grease when finished cooking.
  • Cook pasta until tender
  • Combing sauce, meat, pasta and some cheese in a large bowl. Stir until even consistency
  • Pour into a casserole dish and cover with Mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes. Optional: Bake with lid

Notes

You are sure to love this amazing pasta dish made from pulled pork leftovers!
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