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Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce

This classic recipe for Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce is packed with flavor, is quick and requires minimal ingredients. Perfect for a busy weeknight family dinner!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 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.
  • Enjoy!