Baked Ziti

This baked ziti recipe is a perfect meal to assemble the night before & then pop in the oven at dinner time the next day.

It’s also a great dish to bring to a pot luck!   Lots of gooey cheese, your favorite spaghetti sauce, & you’ll have a happy family.   Serve with crusty garlic bread & a Ceasar salad for a complete meal.

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1 lb. dry ziti pasta (Barilla Plus is my favorite–extra nutrition!)

1 lb. ground beef

2 26oz jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce

6 oz. Provolone cheese, sliced

1 1/2 cups sour cream

6 oz. Mozzarella cheese, shredded

2 T grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of water to boil & cook ziti pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes.   Drain.

In a large skillet, brown ground beef & drain off fat.   Add spaghetti sauce & simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.     Butter (or spray with no-stick cooking spray ) a 9×13 baking dish.

Layer as follows: 1/2 the ziti, Provolone, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella, & remaining sauce mixture.   Sprinkle top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheeses are melted & bubbly.

**This baked ziti dish can be assembled in the baking dish the night before & baked the following day.   If dish is cold going into the oven, it may take a little longer to bake.


  1. We had this for lunch today and loved it!! Our guests all loved it too. Found this via pinterest and will definitely make again. Thanks!!

  2. My all time favorite ziti recipe!! Its AMAZING & everyone LOVES it!!!

  3. I made this tonight with rave reviews. The only change I made was using cream cheese instead of sour cream since my hubby isn’t crazy about it. I love finding simple recipes with a big bang! I’m glad I found it on pinterest!

  4. This sound like how I make my “lasagne bake” but I don’t cook the noodles and use mascarpone instead of sour cream. I’ll have to give it a try!

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