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Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti is a busy man’s best friend. The Secret… you can make it in one big batch, serve it hot and freeze the rest in smaller portions to reheat on those hectic days when you don’t have the time or energy cook. Getting a few meals ready while only cooking once is an essential survival tool for the tactical dad’s bag of tricks.
Prep Time:
20 Min
Cook Time:
35 Min
Ready In:
55 Min



  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/3 sauce. 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, ricotta, 1/3 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 578 | Total Fat: 25.3g | Cholesterol: 71mg