Elaine's Baked Ziti

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I enjoy making this dish for family and friends. It's easy to prepare, and I like to get creative with the sauce. For example, sometimes I might add my home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms or vegetables. -Elaine Anderson Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces ziti or other small tube pasta

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 (28 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese

  • 2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. In a bowl, combine the eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

  2. Drain pasta; add to cheese mixture and toss to coat. Spoon a third of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining meat sauce.

  3. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.