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three course dinner with baked ziti, salad and dessert

Easy Baked Ziti

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This Easy Baked Ziti is a classic Italian-American comfort food! It's easy to make, perfect for a weeknight meal or a special occasion.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked pasta, cheesy pasta bake, Easy Baked Ziti
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 501
Author Kim


  • 1 (12-16 ounce) package ziti (can sub penne, bowtie or Mostaciolli pasta)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or ground beef or pork
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 (32 ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • Fresh minced parsley, optional for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Prepare a 9x13" baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Cook pasta in boiling, salted water, uncovered, until pasta is just under al dente. It will continue to cook in the oven. Drain the pasta and return to pot. Toss with a small amount of olive oil so the pasta does not stick together.
  • Meanwhile, season beef (or other meat) with garlic salt and pepper and brown in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If using Italian sausage, you will not need extra seasoning. Drain and add to the pasta.
  • Add 1 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and marinara sauce to the pasta and meat. Stir to combine.
  • Transfer mixture to baking dish and top with remaining cheeses. Bake for 20 minutes and until bubbly and golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1675mg | Potassium: 649mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 723IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 401mg | Iron: 3mg