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Baked Ziti
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4.7 from 10 votes

Baked Ziti

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.
Prep Time1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Resting Times1 hr
Total Time1 hr 55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Baked ziti
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 529kcal


  • 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


  • In a large pot on stove over medium heat, stir together tomato sauce, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano, and sugar.
  • Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
  • In a large skillet, brown beef with salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked through, remove from heat and drain fat.
  • Add beef to sauce and allow to simmer for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Cook ziti according to package instructions.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove 2 cups of beef sauce from pot and set aside.
  • In pot with sauce, stir in ziti, 6 ounces of mozzarella cheese and 6 ounces of Italian cheese.
  • Place mixture in 9x13 baking dish.
  • Use remaining sauce to cover top of mixture and top with remaining cheeses.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.


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. 


Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1444mg | Potassium: 1055mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1175IU | Vitamin C: 21.6mg | Calcium: 227mg | Iron: 4.4mg