Baked Ziti with Ground Beef

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Baked Ziti with Ground Beef
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
531
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
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 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!

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
21g
32%
Sugar
7g
N/A
Saturated Fat
10g
49%
Cholesterol
76mg
25%
Protein
32g
64%
Carbs
53g
18%
Vitamin A
129µg
14%
Vitamin B12
2µg
27%
Vitamin B6
0.5mg
25.6%
Vitamin C
3mg
5%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
3mg
13%
Vitamin K
18µg
23%
Calcium
367mg
37%
Fiber
4g
16%
Folate (food)
34µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
34µg
9%
Iron
3mg
18%
Magnesium
74mg
18%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
7mg
37%
Phosphorus
453mg
65%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
680mg
19%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
19.2%
Sodium
718mg
30%
Thiamin (B1)
0.1mg
7.8%
Trans
0.3g
N/A
Zinc
5mg
32%

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