Easy Cheesy Baked Ziti

Ziti Bake Recipe with Ground Beef and Italian Sausage
Meaty Ziti Casserole with Cheese Topping.

Diana Rattray / The Spruce Eats

  • Total: 60 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
543 Calories
15g Fat
71g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 543
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 300mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 30g
Calcium 353mg 27%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Baked ziti is one of those incredibly adaptable recipes you can change to suit your mood, your family's tastes or the ingredients you have on hand. Try adding browned ground beef or roasted vegetables to this easy pasta dish. For a full meal, serve it up with garlic bread and caesar salad.


  • 16 ounces ziti pasta
  • 1 large egg
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 1/2 cups spaghetti sauce (homemade or from a jar)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions for "al dente." Drain.

  3. In a large bowl, beat egg. Add ricotta cheese garlic powder, basil and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Mix well.

  4. Add cooked pasta and 2 cups of the spaghetti sauce.

  5. Pour 1 cup of the spaghetti sauce in a 9 x 13 pan.

  6. Top with the ziti mixture. Top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the sauce.

  7. Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes.

  8. Remove foil and bake another 10 to 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Let the pasta rest 10 minutes before serving.