Baked Ziti with Ground Beef

Baked Ziti with Ground Beef
Staff Writer
Baked Ziti

Jane Bruce

Baked Ziti

This is a delicious, inexpensive meal to cook to feed a crowd or make enough lunches for the workweek. It's hearty, simple, and perfect for these cold winter nights.

8
Servings
423
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1  Pound  ziti
  • 1  Tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil plus more for pasta
  • 1  Pound  90 percent lean ground beef
  • medium yellow onion, chopped
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1  Teaspoon  dried basil, or to taste
  • 1  Teaspoon  dried oregano, to taste
  • 1  Teaspoon  chile flakes, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • One 24-ounce jar marinara sauce (or homemade marinara sauce)
  • 1  Cup  part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1  Cup  part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1  Cup  grated Parmesan

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti until al dente. When cooked, drain the pasta and mix with a little bit of olive oil so it doesn't stick. Set aside. 

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, deep saucepan over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add the ground beef. Break up with a wooden spoon but don't stir too often or the meat won't brown nicely. Once mostly browned, add onion and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and seasonings and stir to combine. Add marinara sauce to beef mixture and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 3 minutes. 

Spread a thin layer of tomato-beef mixture on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish. Dot with half the ricotta cheese. Add rest of tomato-beef sauce to pasta and stir well to combine. Pour pasta into casseole dish and spread out evenly. Top with remaining ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Bake until cheese is bubbly and golden-brown, about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, let sit for about 5 minutes, and enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
33%
Sugar
4g
4%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
92mg
31%
Carbohydrate, by difference
23g
18%
Protein
31g
67%
Vitamin A, RAE
98µg
14%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
7µg
8%
Calcium, Ca
542mg
54%
Choline, total
57mg
13%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
15µg
4%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
43mg
13%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
512mg
73%
Selenium, Se
24µg
44%
Sodium, Na
812mg
54%
Water
72g
3%
Zinc, Zn
6mg
75%

Baked Ziti Shopping Tip

Italian food is about simplicity and letting the ingredients shine. So make sure you get ingredients that are great quality and flavor. Farmers markets and specialty stores will have great produce and products. Just be sure to have some great olive oil.

Baked Ziti Cooking Tip

Unlike other highly regarded cuisines, Italian cooking is usually simple to make with many dishes having only 4 to 8 ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.