Emily’s Baked Ziti

Emily’s Baked Ziti. This baked ziti has a sweet, amazing sauce! It doesn’t take much time or effort to put it together. And, it’ll feed a crowd, which is good, since the taste will bring one!

Emily's Baked Ziti. This baked ziti has a sweet, amazing sauce! It doesn't take much time or effort to put it together. And, it'll feed a crowd, which is good, since the taste will bring one!

Emily and I met when we were 14 years old. At first, I didn’t care for her. But, she wore on me, and by the time we were 15, we were inseparable. Throughout high school we had slumber parties where we would cook. Mostly dessert. And mostly no-bake and chocolate chip cookies. We ruined many of other mamas’ pots. And, despite hearing from our mamas about how we were going to die of salmonella, we ate a lot of cookie dough. 

Emily's Baked Ziti. This baked ziti has a sweet, amazing sauce! It doesn't take much time or effort to put it together. And, it'll feed a crowd, which is good, since the taste will bring one!

Then Emily and I went to college together, became roommates in a dorm, and then roommates in our first apartment. During that time, we decided to step up our cooking game. We gathered family recipes, bought cookbooks and kitchen gadgets, and did a lot of cooking for each other and our other roommates.

Emily and I saw each other through many food highs and lows. For example, I once had a recipe from my grandmother for mac & cheese that said “get the largest box of macaroni.” I bought the largest one I could find, which was something like 48 ounces. Looking back, I’m sure my grandmother had meant 16 ounces, so as you can imagine, it was interesting and confusing for everyone.

Baked Ziti

Emily’s family recipes were always a hit. Especially her spaghetti. So when she texted me last week and asked if I wanted her ziti recipe, I said “OF COURSE!” She told me that this ziti is her most requested recipe. I made it, ate, and understand why it is requested … it is delicious! It makes a ton, making it perfect for a crowd, it freezes well, and is just pure amazing comfort food. 

Emily's Baked Ziti. This baked ziti has a sweet, amazing sauce! It doesn't take much time or effort to put it together. And, it'll feed a crowd, which is good, since the taste will bring one!

5 from 3 votes
Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti
Prep Time
1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Resting Times
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 55 mins
 

This baked ziti sauce is sweet and savory. It's easy to put together, and it'll feed a crowd, which is good since a crowd will want to eat it.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Baked ziti
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 529 kcal
Ingredients
  • 29 oz + 12oz can of tomato sauce
  • 12 oz can tomato paste
  • 29 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1.5 tablespoons oregeno
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 16 ounce box ziti
  • 8 ounce bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounce bag shredded Italian cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large pot on stove over medium heat, stir together tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and sugar.
  2. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  3. In a large skillet, brown beef with salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked through, remove from heat and drain fat.
  4. Add beef to sauce and allow to simmer for another 20-30 minutes.
  5. Cook ziti according to package instructions.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Remove 2 cups of beef sauce from pot and set aside.
  8. In pot with sauce, stir in ziti, 6 ounces of mozzarella cheese and 6 ounces of Italian cheese.
  9. Place mixture in 9x13 baking dish.
  10. Use remaining sauce to cover top of mixture and top with remaining cheeses.
  11. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Emily recommends Hunt's brand for all tomato sauce, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes.

If you place in fridge after preparing, you will need to bake for about an hour.

If you freeze, let thaw before baking for best results. 

Nutrition Facts
Baked Ziti
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 1444mg 60%
Potassium 1055mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 21g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 23.5%
Vitamin C 26.2%
Calcium 22.7%
Iron 24.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Emily's Baked Ziti. This baked ziti has a sweet, amazing sauce! It doesn't take much time or effort to put it together. And, it'll feed a crowd, which is good, since the taste will bring one!

If you enjoyed this Baked Ziti, you should check out these other SugarSpicesLife recipes:

Korean Beef Bowl
Sloppy Joes
Cheesy Chicken Lasagna
Italian Almond Cookies

Things used to make this recipe. All affiliate links, but all I recommend.


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