When I was growing up, I think we had spaghetti at least once a week. I don’t know why, but I never got tired of it. Still until this day, I LOVE spaghetti. I’m huge on pasta dishes. I make pasta dishes a few times week, and my family never complains. Why? Because I always change it up! Once day we might have spaghetti, the next make be vegetable lasagna. Whatever the dish maybe, my guys love it.
This baked ziti dish nothing short of amazing ( and I’m not just saying that because I made it!). It’s packed with flavor, but does not require a lot of ingredients.
I make my own meat sauce for this ziti, but if you want to use a store bought sauce, I won’t hold it against you! 😀
The recipe is quite simple, and very easy to follow. Be sure to watch the video tutorial for visual instructions. Enjoy! XOXO
Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 6 oz can tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 3 cups cooked penne pasta
- 2 1/2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
- 1 tsp parsley flakes optional
- Cook the pasta until it is al dente, then drain the pasta under cool water.
- Place the ground beef into a pan, and place the pan over medium heat.
- Season the ground beef with the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, then cook the meat until it browns.
- Once the meat browns, drain the fat, add in 1 tsp of minced garlic, then add in the tomatoes.
- Next, add in the tomato paste, then the water, and stir the ingredients.
- Sprinkle in the sugar, stir, then let the meat sauce cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Place the meat sauce in your bake dish, then and in the pasta.
- Fold the ingredients, then add in the 1 cup cheese. Fold the cheese in with the other ingredients.
- Top the ziti off with the remaining cheese, then sprinkle the parsley flakes on top.
- Bake the ziti uncovered on 350 F, for 40 to 45 minutes.
- Let the ziti sit for 5 to 10 minutes before digging in.