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A serving of baked ziti sprinkled with parsley on a white plate
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5 from 15 votes

Best Baked Ziti Ever

This is seriously the Best Baked Ziti Ever. Your family is going to love the homemade meat sauce, and that ricotta and cream cheese topping takes it to the next level!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Baked Ziti
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 657kcal


Meat Sauce

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion , diced
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Baked Ziti

  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  • Pour olive oil into a large, deep skillet, over medium-high heat. Add in ground beef and brown, 5 minutes. Add in diced onions, and mushrooms (optional). Saute for 5 to 7 minutes until onions are soft and translucent, and ground beef is cooked through.
  • Add in garlic and tomato paste and toast for 2 minutes. Pour in crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Stir in basil, oregano, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until pasta is ready.
  • Cook pasta in boiling water, according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Prepare the cheese topping in a small mixing bowl by combining cream cheese, ricotta, and parmesan. Mix together until smooth.
  • Once the pasta is done, add it into the meat sauce and stir to combine. Pour it into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Spread cheese mixture on top of the pasta.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot.



Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 1026mg | Potassium: 1244mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1304IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 285mg | Iron: 6mg