Classic Baked Ziti


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There are few things as nostalgic as a classic baked ziti. @TheLifeJolie makes hers with lots of cheese, ground beef and a rich Tuttorosso Tomato sauce. It's perfect for a pasta party, entertaining or just to keep in the fridge for a week of dinners!

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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 1hr 25mins
Serves or Makes: 8 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes Chunky in Puree with Sweet Basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound ziti, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, shredded and divided

Optional Ricotta Mixture


  • 1 8 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley,
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Ground black pepper, adjust to taste


  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and bring a large pot of hot water to a boil and salt the water liberally once boiling.

  • Step 2

    Once heated add onions and a garlic to the pan with the oil and saute stirring often for 2-3 minutes stirring often to soften it- be careful not to burn the garlic.

  • Step 3

    Add ground beef and saute until brown, using a wooden spoon to break it up, around 5 minutes. Drain if needed.

  • Step 4

    Add 2 cans Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes Chunky with Basil, baking soda, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Step 5

    While sauce simmers, boil ziti 3 minutes less than the package directions for al dente and drain. Immediately return to the pot.

  • Step 6

    Place a couple spoonfuls of sauce at the bottom of a 9" x 13" pan.

  • Step 7

    Mix 3/4 of the sauce with the pasta until well combined. If using ricotta, mix all ricotta mixture ingredients in a medium bowl.

  • Step 8

    Place 1/2 the pasta mixture into the 9" x 13" baking pan. If using ricotta, add dollops of ricotta mixture evenly over the top of the pasta.

  • Step 9

    Layer the remaining pasta evenly over the pan and top with remaining sauce.

  • Step 10

    Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Step 11

    Remove from the oven and to with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Bake uncovered for another 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubble. Serve immediately.