July 13, 2014

Baked Ziti

Italian dishes are one of my favorite comfort foods. Cheesy, satisfying and simple- an easy weeknight dinner.
Recipe was inspired by The Pioneer Woman.


  • 1 (16 oz) box Ziti
  • EVOO, to coat pan
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Ground Beef Sirloin
  • 1 jar (28 oz) of your favorite Marinara Sauce (try my recipe here)
  • Italian Seasoning, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tub Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • Asiago cheese, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, to taste
  • Mozzarella cheese, freshly sliced 


  1. Preheat oven to 365°F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, coat bottom with EVOO. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, careful to not burn the garlic. Add the ground beef sirloin and some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the meat; cook until browned.
  3. Once meat is cooked, drain fat. Add the marinara sauce to the meat. Add more Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 - 25 minutes. Set aside. 

  4. Begin to cook the ziti noodles in a pot according to package directions.
  5. In a glass bowl, combine the cheeses (Ricotta, Asiago and Parmesan) and salt and pepper. Be sure to not mix completely.
  6. Once pasta is cooked, drain, then pour into the cheese mixture. Toss to slightly combine.
  7. Ladle just enough of the meat/marinara mixture to coat the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish. Add the cheese/pasta mixture atop the sauce and spread evenly. Ladle remaining meat/marinara mixture over the cheese/pasta mixture. Top with freshly sliced Mozzarella. 

  8. Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving and enjoy :)

Stay tuned for my garlic bread recipe!


  1. This looks so amazing! Can't wait to give it a go! Great recipe thank you x