Classic Italian Baked Ziti Recipe

Monday, November 28, 2011

No matter what kind of pasta you use whether it's ziti, penne, rigatoni or bow ties, this classic dish is the ultimate comfort food and all kids and adults go nuts for it here in our Italian family.
Easy to throw together and for outings place in a slow cooker on warm to bring along for any family picnic or function. This is always a great choice!

Traditional Sunday Sauce or store bought around 3 jars of your favorite
2 pounds cooked Sausage and Meatballs mashed together

4 cups Mozzarella Shredded
Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Fresh Parsley for garnish

Ricotta filling:
 2 lbs Ricotta Cheese mixed with 2 eggs beaten, 1/4 cup grating cheese, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or use  granulated garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste and a handful chopped fresh Italian parsley.

2 pounds Ziti Macaroni cooked  in salted water and drained to package instructions we like Al dente

Cook pasta, drain. In a large baking dish start to layer with pasta, add ricotta on top, more pasta then sauce, crushed meat mixture, some mozzarella, some grating cheese, more sauce. Continue layering with pasta, ricotta, meats, sauce and cheeses until all used up, ending with mozzarella cheese, more grating cheese and garnish with fresh parsley. Bake at 350 degrees until the  cheese is bubbling and melted.


  1. Baked pasta, one of my comfort foods. I already made a big batch and froze 3 batches. I haven't made it with meatballs though. I will have to give that a try.

  2. Lovely dish full of flavours!Have a great week,dear!

  3. Wish I had a big pot to reheat all week. Those meatballs!! They're calling my name.

  4. You're making me want this - for breakfast. I think this is the most comforting dish known to mankind. And as I stare at all that cheese waiting to be incorporated - I know why.

  5. This appetizing meal would have been incredibly welcomed at my table this pasta dishes ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  6. I love baked ziti. Those meatballs look really good!

  7. My mom used to make baked ziti into a "lasagna" of sorts and yours reminds me of that. Looks delicious and like just the antidote to too much turkey.

  8. Mouth-watering baked ziti! Just like what we make in our house! xoxo

  9. This is my go recipe.... All my American friends love this one too!!


  10. Claudia, your dishes always make me salivate. This sounds wonderful and has all the ingredients I love.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. The baked zitis I've tried haven't had enough gooey cheese...and yours does! Should have known you'd have a winning recipe!

  12. It's so easy to make and so very good!


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