Quick and easy, this baked ziti will help save you time and be a hit with the family.

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Meanwhile, brown ground beef in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

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  • Combine Sauce and water in large bowl. Stir in browned ground beef, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, then uncooked ziti. Pour ziti mixture into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 55 minutes.

  • Remove foil and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories, 440; Calories from Fat, 140; Total Fat, 15 g; Saturated Fat, 7 g; Trans Fat, 0.5 g; Cholesterol, 70 mg; Sodium, 510 mg; Total Carbs, 42 g; Dietary Fiber, 3 g; Sugars, 6 g; Protein, 30 g; Vitamin A, 4 %; Vitamin C, 15 %; Calcium, 20 %; Iron, 25 %

Nutrition Facts

501 calories; protein 28g; carbohydrates 40.5g; fat 24g; cholesterol 79.5mg; sodium 514.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (19)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2015
I love this recipe! It's so good and easy to make. It also freezes fairly well. I don't think there have ever been any leftovers whenever I made this! I do make a few changes for my family- First, I take out the beef because I don't really care for it. Second, I use one 8 ounce package of Philadelphia cream cheese instead of ricotta cheese since no one in my family will eat ricotta. It probably adds lots of calories, but the cream cheese makes the casserole soooo good! As one reviewer said, it's kind of bland so to add more flavor, I took their advice and also mix in about a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of oregano. Also, I change the shredded mozzarella to Sargento Mozzarella and Provolone mix and sprinkle garlic salt on top of the cheese. I always line the pan with aluminum foil to make cleanup a breeze. Hope this helps! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2014
Needs much more flavor. Maybe add garlic and oregano plus more tomatoes. Read More
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27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2015
I love this recipe! It's so good and easy to make. It also freezes fairly well. I don't think there have ever been any leftovers whenever I made this! I do make a few changes for my family- First, I take out the beef because I don't really care for it. Second, I use one 8 ounce package of Philadelphia cream cheese instead of ricotta cheese since no one in my family will eat ricotta. It probably adds lots of calories, but the cream cheese makes the casserole soooo good! As one reviewer said, it's kind of bland so to add more flavor, I took their advice and also mix in about a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of oregano. Also, I change the shredded mozzarella to Sargento Mozzarella and Provolone mix and sprinkle garlic salt on top of the cheese. I always line the pan with aluminum foil to make cleanup a breeze. Hope this helps! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/17/2014
Needs much more flavor. Maybe add garlic and oregano plus more tomatoes. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2018
My kids love baked ziti, but I haven't been pleased with my results. Decided to try this one based on the reviews and it did not disappoint. One of the easiest recipes I've ever tried, so easy that my 15-year-old son made it all by himself, with only verbal cues from me! Upon advice of a couple reviewers, we switched out the ricotta for cream cheese to reduce the water content and added in dried oregano, garlic salt and Italian spices to season the meat. Whole family loved it. Thank goodness we increased the servings to provide dinner for two nights. Will definitely make this again...SOON! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2014
So tasty and easy I grilled chicken on the side instead of ground beef and all it took was throwing ingrediants in a mixing bowl and popping it in the oven. (of course i had to grill the chicken too)but great easy meal Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/12/2016
Tastes great and it's super easy to make. I often add extra ricotta and use a larger container of sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2018
Used Rotini and it was great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2017
Excellent & simple recipe! I followed a couple of reviewers & added a shredded parmesan romano & provolone blend. In addition I cooked ground turkey sausage instead of ground beef as well as being a little heavy on the seasonings. Even if made exactly as recipe stated.....it would surely still have been good. Is going in the recipe book. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2020
I thoroughly appreciate this recipe. It’s quick easy and cheap but.... I’M SO SORRY RAGU FOR WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SAY. The first time I made this, it was delicious. I used my favorite store bought prego sauce. I used Ragu last time bc it was a little cheaper and you got more of it. It was very bland. I am not a fan of ragu sauces anyway. I hadn’t bought any in a while and was gonna give it another shot. Nope! To sum it up, this recipe is delicious if you use the right sauce! I’m a prego fan all the way. Use your go to sauce in this one and it will be a winner Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2015
Quick and easy. Made it without the meat for the kids. They all enjoyed it greatly even my husband liked it. Next time I will make it with hamburger or sausage. So quick and easy. Read More
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