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.
Keyword baked pasta, cheesy pasta bake, Easy Baked Ziti
Prep Time 15mins
Cook Time 20mins
Total Time 35mins
1 (12-16 ounce)package ziti(can sub penne, bowtie or Mostaciolli pasta)
1poundItalian sausage or ground beef or pork
1/4teaspoonground black pepper
2cupsshredded mozzarella cheese,divided
1cupshredded 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.