Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Creamy Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce

As much as I love pasta, I don't make it very often. My husband mentioned that to me recently. I wanted to make something other than spaghetti or mostaccioli and I haven't had baked ziti in years. It was delicious!

Creamy Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce
1 pound ziti
1 pound ground beef (italian sausage works well too)
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 large jar of marinara sauce (about 32 ounces)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 egg
1 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and boil, uncovered, until the pasta is al dente. Drain. While the pasta is cooking mix ricotta cheese, sour cream, and egg together. Brown ground beef in a large skillet pan. Drain and then add the garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Cook 1 minute, then add the tomato sauce and stir well. Bring to a simmer. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch casserole pan, then dot the surface with half the ricotta cheese mixture. Ladle in some sauce with the pasta, mix it well and add the pasta into the casserole.

Pour the rest of the sauce over the pasta, dot the remaining ricotta cheese mixture over the pasta, and sprinkle on top both the mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven until the top is nicely browned, about 20 minutes.


  1. Looks and sounds absolutely delish. I am thinking this will be dinner sometime this week. :)


  2. This looks so yummy! Just found your blog and now following. :))



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