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Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

Best Baked Ziti Recipe

April King
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.
4.75 from 16 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course, pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 306 kcal


  • 1 box ziti pasta noodles
  • 1 24 oz. 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


  • Preheat oven to 375F and lightly grease a 9x13 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 9x13 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,


*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.


Calories: 306kcalCarbohydrates: 16.6gProtein: 21gFat: 17.1gSaturated Fat: 9.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 77.6mgSodium: 304.9mgPotassium: 277mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 4.8g
Keyword Baked Ziti With Meat, Best Baked Ziti Recipe, Easy Baked Ziti
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