Easy Baked Ziti Casserole

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This easy baked ziti recipe is a layered Italian casserole full of noodles, ground beef and creamy cheese. It makes a large casserole and is great for leftovers!

This easy baked ziti recipe is a layered Italian casserole full of noodles, ground beef and creamy cheese. It makes a large casserole and is great for leftovers!

Baked Ziti Recipe

Sickness has hit our house. It’s wintertime, so after all, we should expect it. I’m thanking God that it’s just runny noses and little coughs. That’s tolerable.

Wintertime means sickness, but sickness means comfort food. And today’s recipe is all about traditional comfort food in the form of an easy baked ziti casserole. Why do I love this baked ziti recipe? This is one of my favorite Italian recipes because it is simple, makes a large serving, and is perfect for sharing with family and friends.

 

How to Make Baked Ziti

  • Brown the ground beef and onions, then drain off the fat.
  • Cook the ziti noodles according to the package directions while the meat is browning.
  • Add the spaghetti sauce to the ground beef.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Layer half of the noodles, the provolone cheese, sour cream and half the sauce in the pan.
  • Then top with the remaining noodles and 6 ounces of mozzarella cheese.
  • Finish with the sauce, parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes, or until the casserole is cooked through.

We like to place this casserole under the broiler (set on low) for 2-3 minutes so the cheese gets a little browned and bubbly. This step is optional!

This easy baked ziti recipe is a layered Italian casserole full of noodles, ground beef and creamy cheese. It makes a large casserole and is great for leftovers!

Three Cheese Baked Ziti

The blend of cheese includes provolone, parmesan and mozzarella. A triple-cheese-threat. With all of the cheese and sour cream, you end up with a creamy, cheesy casserole with a classic lasagna-style flavor. Because I love pasta sauce, I usually end up topping my portion with additional sauce. Just for that extra punch of slow-simmered flavor.

Potluck Casserole

This easy baked ziti easily serves 10-12 people making it a great potluck casserole. Don’t have that many to serve?  Split it into two smaller 8×8 pans and give one away. Divide the remaining casserole into lunch portions and freeze for your hubby to take to work or children to take to school.

Freezer Meal

Freeze this Italian casserole to bake at another time. If you do this, allow the casserole to defrost in the refrigerator overnight. If you try to bake it when it is completely frozen, it may dry out. You can also freeze the casserole after it has been baked. Either way you decide to do it, just wrap it well. several times in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

Q: What are some of your traditional pasta dinners?

This easy baked ziti recipe is a layered Italian casserole full of noodles, ground beef and creamy cheese. It makes a large casserole and is great for leftovers!
This easy baked ziti recipe is a layered Italian casserole full of noodles, ground beef and creamy cheese. It makes a large casserole and is great for leftovers!

Easy Baked Ziti Casserole

4.76 from 25 votes
This easy baked ziti recipe is a layered Italian casserole full of noodles, ground beef and creamy cheese. It makes a large casserole and is great for leftovers!
Servings 15 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 2 pounds ground beef round (at least 85% lean)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 48 ounces spaghetti sauce
  • 16 ounces mini ziti noodles
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Brown the ground beef and onion together. Drain off the fat.
  • Add the spaghetti sauce and stir to mix.
  • Cook mini ziti noodles according to package directions.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  • Spread half the noodles in the bottom of the dish.
  • Layer the provolone cheese, sour cream and then half the sauce on top.
  • Add the rest of the ziti.
  • Sprinkle 6 ounces of shredded mozzarella over top the ziti.
  • Top with the remaining sauce, parmesan cheese and the remaining mozzarella.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
  • If you'd like the top to get a touch of brown, broil the casserole for 2-3 minutes on high. Watch carefully!

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Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe being divided into 15 servings, with 1 serving being 1/15 of the recipe. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.

Nutrition

Serving: 295g | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 868mg | Potassium: 655mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 332mg | Iron: 2.9mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Calories 434

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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LADY
2 years ago

Tasted Amazing. We added this recipe to our recipe card box. The only suggestion I would have for those making this dish is to treat “12 slices or provolone” as 6-8 ounces, “slice” is an arbitrary measurement. Also when you get to step 7 the order you should layer is sauce, sour cream then provolone cheese lastly. the reason for this is if you put provolone first over noodles the the sauce and sour cream sits on top of provolone and does not have a chance to fill in the space in and around the bottom layer of noodles. this… Read more »

Kate
1 year ago

Great recipe. But Alert!! The 9 x 13 pan is too small or you need to use a DEEP dish 9 x 13!!! I used the exact amounts and it is about an inch too high:-)

Amber Hanley
4 months ago

5 stars
Is ricotta a good sub for the sour cream? I personally do not like sour cream so I think this may be a good idea! Thoughta?