Classic Baked Ziti

An All-time Italian Classic Baked Ziti

A classic recipe filled with all the best flavors; that everyone will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. Galbani® Ricotta Cheese
  • 16 oz. Galbani® Mozzarella Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup Galbani® Parmesan, grated and divided
  • 1 lb. ziti pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 45 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 egg

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions until al dente. Drain water from pasta.
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat cooking the onion, basil, and garlic until brown. Remove from pan into small bowl.
  • Using the same pan, cook ground beef on medium-high heat until evenly brown. Stir in the onion mixture and the tomato sauce. Season with salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Mix together ricotta, 1/2 of the mozzarella, 1/2 of the parmesan, and the egg until creamy. Mix in pasta until evenly coated.
  • Grease a 9x13x3 inch baking dish.
  • In the prepared dish, begin layering with 1/2 of the pasta mixture, then 1/2 of the meat mixture, followed by the other ½ of the pasta mixture. Next a layer of the other half of the mozzarella, finish with the remaining meat mixture. Finally top with the other ½ of the parmesan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Classic Baked Ziti Tips:

  • Make sure to let it simmer! Let this all-time classic sit and cool for 5-10 minutes, this lets the flavors within the ziti marinate.
  • Leftovers Taste Better! Heat oil in a frying pan to a medium heat. Place any leftovers into the pan, rotating the slab searing the four sides until there is a slightly crisp crust.