Easy Baked Ziti Recipe
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Best Baked Ziti Recipe

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This is the Best Baked Ziti Recipe and is always on the dinner rotation in our home. Ziti noodles, meat, and melted cheese baked in a cream cheese and tomato suace make this casserole a family favorite. Whenever I make the Best Baked Ziti Recipe for family and friends, everyone always goes back for seconds.

Creamy Baked Ziti

Ingredients for The Best Baked Ziti Casserole

  • Pasta
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Garlic, minced
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Rotel Tomatoes
  • Cream Cheese
  • Dried Basil
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Sour Cream
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Steps to make an Easy Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti is so easy to make and will be ready and on the table in 40 minutes. First, start by boiling a large pot of water and add 1 tsp. of salt to add a little flavor to your pasta noodles. Cook noodles until they are al-dente. Drain, rinse and toss noodles in 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil. While noodles are cooking, add ground beef and minced garlic to a medium skillet. Brown ground beef until it is cooked through and set aside.

Combine very softened cream cheese, spaghetti sauce, rotel tomatoes, dried basil, and Italian seasoning in a large bowl. Whisk together well to avoid big clumps from the cream cheese. Add al-dente pasta noodles and cooked ground beef. Stir well to coat the noodles. Pour Ziti half of the mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 casserole dish. Spoon sour cream over noodles and spread evenly. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, add the remaining ziti mixture and top with remaining shredded cheese.

Bake covered for 25 minutes and serve immediately with garlic bread or a green salad. Enjoy!

Best Baked Ziti Recipe
Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

Best Baked Ziti Recipe

This is the Best Baked Ziti Recipe and is always on the dinner rotation in our home. Ziti noodles, meat, and melted cheese baked in a cream cheese and tomato suace make this casserole a family favorite. Whenever I make the Best Baked Ziti Recipe for family and friends, everyone always goes back for seconds.
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Course: Main Course, pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Baked Ziti With Meat, Best Baked Ziti Recipe, Easy Baked Ziti
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 306kcal
Author: April

Ingredients

  • 1 box ziti pasta noodles
  • 1 24 oz. jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can rotel diced tomatoes(don’t drain)
  • 8 oz. block of cream cheese (very soft)
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease a 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Bring a large pot of water to boil and add 1 tsp. salt. Add ziti noodles and cook until al-dente.
  • Once noodles are cooked, add 1 Tbsp.. vegetable oil to noodles and toss to coat.
  • In a medium skillet add ground beef and minced garlic. Brown ground beef until cooked through.
  • In a Large bowl combine very softened cream cheese, spaghetti sauce, rotel tomatoes, dried basil, and Italian seasoning. Whisk together until combined.
  • Add cooked ground beef and al-dente noodles to the large bowl and mix well,
  • Add half of the ziti mixture to a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Spread sour cream evenly over mixture and top with half of the shredded cheese.
  • Add the remaining ziti mixture and top with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Bake covered for 20-25 minutes. Serve immediatly,

Notes

*Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on Modernmealmakeover.com should only be used as a general guideline.

Nutrition

Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 17.1g | Saturated Fat: 9.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 77.6mg | Sodium: 304.9mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 4.8g

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