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Baked Ziti

This baked ziti is the perfect comfort meal for any weeknight or weekend dinner! Ground beef, Italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, and plenty of spices and herbs. This dish comes together quickly, toss everything into a baking dish and bake until bubbly. Serve family style along with some warm crusty bread, even batter, this dish makes great leftovers!

Using diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano in this baked ziti adds even more delicious flavor!

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Grocery List:

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ground Beef
  • Italian Sausage
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Ziti Noodles

Why use Award Winning Red Gold Tomatoes?

High quality ingredients make all the difference, you don’t have to give up quality for convenience! By using Red Gold crushed and diced tomatoes in this baked ziti you can be sure you are using ingredients you can trust. Located at most grocery store chains, Red Gold Tomatoes are easy to find and budget friendly.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375° F. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until softened, several minutes.

Add sausage and ground beef, cook until browned. Drain off excess fat.

Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, basil, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes; stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. After the cook time remove 3 to 4 cups of the sauce to a bowl to cool down.

In a separate bowl combine ricotta cheese, 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, salt, and black pepper. Stir together but do not mix completely. Add the pasta and toss slightly to combine. Mix in cooled meat sauce and toss to combine.

Add half of the coated pasta to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over the top, and then top with half the remaining mozzarella cheese. Repeat with another layer of coated pasta, sauce and cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle parsley over pasta before serving.

Baked Ziti

5 from 1 vote
Course: Dinner
Keyword: Baked Pasta, Comfort Meals, Pasts Dish, Weeknight Dinner
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: The Hearty Life
Cost: $$
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Equipment:

  • 9 x 13 baking dish

Ingredients: 

  • 1 16 ounce package ziti pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 tbsps Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 large Onion, diced
  • 1 pound Ground Italian sausage
  • 1 pound Lean ground beef
  • 2 15 ounce cans Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes 15 oz
  • or
  • 1 28 ounce can Red Gold® Crushed Tomatoes 28 oz
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes Basil, Garlic & Oregano 14.5 oz
  • 1 tbsp Chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsps Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 15 ounce carton low fat ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh minced parsley, for garnish

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375° F. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until softened, several minutes.
  • Add sausage and ground beef, cook until browned. Drain off excess fat.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, basil, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes; stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. After the cook time remove 3 to 4 cups of the sauce to a bowl to cool down.
  • In a separate bowl combine ricotta cheese, 1½ cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, salt, and black pepper. Stir together but do not mix completely. Add the pasta and toss slightly to combine. Add cooled meat sauce and toss to combine.
  • Add half of the coated pasta to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over the top, and then top with half the remaining mozzarella cheese. Repeat with another layer of coated pasta, sauce and cheese.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle parsley over pasta before serving.

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