Yield: 12 servings

Baked Ziti

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

This easy Baked Ziti recipe has all the delicious layers of your favorite Italian dish. Perfect crowd pleaser, you'll love the hearty sauce and cheesy filling!


  • 1 pound (16 ounce) ziti noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound mild Italian sausage
  • 5 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Cook ziti pasta according to package directions. Once cooked, drain and set aside.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium high heat. Saute garlic and onions in hot skillet for 2 minutes. Add beef and sausage and continue cooking until browned. Drain off excess fat and return meat to the skillet.
  3. To the skillet, add marinara sauce. Use your favorite pasta sauce or make your own! Add Italian seasoning, salt, and red pepper flakes. Simmer on low heat until pasta noodles are done cooking. When noodles are done cooking add half of the meat sauce to the noodles. Reserve the remaining sauce for layering.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of the grated parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp of fresh parsley, pepper, and eggs. Mix until combined.
  5. Assemble the baked ziti in a 13x9 baking dish. First pour in half of the meat covered noodles in the bottom. Dollop half of the cheese mixture over the top, spreading evenly, followed by ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and half of the reserved meat sauce.
  6. Repeat with the remaining pasta noodles, cheese mixture, meat sauce. Top with the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella cheese and the remaining ¼ cup of grated parmesan.
  7. Bake uncovered in 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until bubbly and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with 1 Tbsp of fresh parsley. Serve hot and enjoy!


  • Do not skimp on the meat. The combination of ground beef and Italian Sausage gives this baked ziti recipe a hearty base
  • Be generous with the sauce. There is nothing worse than dry baked ziti.
  • You can substitute penne pasta if you desire. Both work great in this recipe, trapping sauce and cheese in the tubes of pasta.
  • Cheese. Be sure to spread the cheese mixture after dolloping onto the pasta layer. You want to have even layers and not bite into a mouthful of ricotta!
  • You can also make Instant Pot Ziti for a quick weeknight meal, without sacrificing any of the flavor!
  • Swap out noodles for zoodles!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 1193mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 29g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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