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Baked Ziti {Lasagna Style}

Baked Ziti Lasagna Style

Last week I scored a great deal on pasta and wound up with several boxes of pasta that I pretty much got for free. I always try to use what I have in stock at home to save on groceries as much as possible. So this past weekend my husband and I made some delicious Baked Ziti {Lasagna Style} along with some extra to freeze for future meals.

This recipe is very similar to how I make my lasagna, the only difference is the pasta. It’s super easy to make and a great freezer meal.

Baked Ziti {Lasagna Style}

Ingredients

16 oz box of Ziti
1 lb. of Ground Meat (I used ground turkey)
1 (24 oz) Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
8 oz of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
12 oz of Ricotta Cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp. of Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 egg
Italian Seasoning

Instructions

1. Cook Ziti per box directions. Season and brown ground meat (I used salt, pepper and Italian seasoning). Add 1/4 of the spaghetti sauce to the meat once it’s browned and stir. Set aside.

Baked Ziti

2. Combine ricotta cheese, egg and grated parmesan cheese in bowl. Mix well and add italian seasoning. Sorry I didn’t measure the seasoning, but added enough that it was visible in the mixture.

Baked Ziti

3. Spread spaghetti sauce on bottom of 13×9 baking dish.

Baked Ziti

4. Layer with half of the pasta.

Baked Ziti

5. Next, layer with half of the meat and spread half of the remaining sauce over the meat.

Baked Ziti

6. Layer with half of the ricotta cheese mixture.

Baked Ziti

7. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese and repeat steps 4-7.

Baked Ziti

8. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-45 (will depend on your oven) until it’s bubbling. Remove and let it sit for 5-7 minutes before serving.

Baked Ziti

For a freeze meal, simply follow all of the steps except for the last one. Enjoy!

Baked Ziti {Lasagna Style}
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 16 oz box of Ziti
  • 1 lb. of Ground Meat (I used turkey)
  • 1 (24 oz) Jar of Spaghetti Sauce
  • 8 oz of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 12 oz of Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. of Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Italian Seasoning
Instructions
  1. Cook Ziti per box directions. Season and brown ground meat (I used salt, pepper and Italian seasoning). Add 1/4 of the spaghetti sauce to the meat once it’s browned and stir. Set aside.
  2. Combine ricotta cheese, egg and grated parmesan cheese in bowl. Mix well and add italian seasoning. Sorry I didn’t measure the seasoning, but added enough that it was visible in the mixture.
  3. Spread spaghetti sauce on bottom of 13×9 baking dish.
  4. Layer with half of the pasta.
  5. Next, layer with half of the meat and spread half of the remaining sauce over the meat.
  6. Layer with half of the ricotta cheese mixture.
  7. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese and repeat steps 4-7.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 35-45 (will depend on your oven) until it’s bubbling. Remove and let it sit for 5-7 minutes before serving.
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Dee Dee (@MissFoodieFab)

Sunday 6th of April 2014

I absolutely love baked zitti. It's so easy to make.

Jesenia

Sunday 6th of April 2014

Easy is the best part! :) By the way checked out your site and love your recipes! You're on a whole different level. :)

Jenni S. --DigitalEraMom

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

This looks way easier than fussing with lasagna noodles, and so delicious! I can't wait to try it.

Jesenia

Friday 4th of April 2014

Sooo much easier Jenni. That's why I love it, although I have been known to use no-bake lasagna noodles. ;)

Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

omg - this looks AMAZING!!! I've pinned it. I think I need to make it next week. :)

Jesenia

Friday 4th of April 2014

Thank you Andrea! Let me know how it turns out!

ashley p

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

looks delicious! I love lasagna, never thought of making it with a different kind of noodle

Jesenia

Friday 4th of April 2014

I love it too, but this is so much easier!