• Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cooking Time: 45 mins
  • Serves: 8

Baked Ziti With Ricotta

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 Ingredients List

  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Ricotta Filling:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 24 ounces ricotta
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pasta:
  • 12 ounces ziti pasta uncooked
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups mozzarella shredded


Preheat oven to 350°.

Make Sauce: Heat olive oil, over medium-high heat, in a large, high sided skillet. Add onion and saute until translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Moderate heat so as not to brown onion. Turn heat to medium-low and add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.

Add beef, salt, and black pepper to skillet and cook, over medium heat, until no longer pink; drain as needed. Stir in spaghetti sauce and add Italian seasoning.
Make Ricotta Filling: In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan and nutmeg.

Pasta: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.

Assembly: Add 1/2 cup of sauce to the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish and swirl to cover bottom. Spread 1/3 of cooked pasta in baking dish, then spoon a third of the meat sauce, then dollop 1/2 ricotta mixture-spreading it into an even layer with an offset spatula. Repeat with remaining layers, ending with meat sauce.

Place on a cookie sheet.

Cover and bake about 40 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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