Lisa’s Baked Ziti Recipe

  • Servings : 12-14
  • Prep Time : 60m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 1:30 h

One of my Mom’s favorite dishes is anything pasta!

She and I have discovered a yummy Baked Ziti

that we love to share at a local favorite restaurant of ours.

So a couple of months ago, I set out to try and duplicate

this delicious dish

and I’m pretty sure it’s amazingly close!


  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 28 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans 14.5 oz tomato sauce or your favorite Marinara Sauce
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 16 oz Ziti cooked and drained
  • 15 oz Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 1/2 lb Mozzarella Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz pepperoni, diced


Step 1

Making the sauce:

Step 2

Heat olive oil in your large pot over medium heat.

Step 3

Add onions and garlic and sauté' for several minutes until the onions are beginning to soften.

Step 4

Add the Italian Sausage and ground beef and cook until browned; drain.

Step 5

Add diced pepperoni, tomatoes, tomato sauce or marinara and spices; stir and simmer for 25-30 minutes.

Step 6

Remove 3 cups of sauce to another bowl to cool down completely.

Step 7

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 8

In separate large bowl, gently stir together ricotta cheese, 2 cups of grated Mozzarella, Parmesan, egg and salt and pepper.

Step 9

Add the cooled pasta to this mixture and toss lightly to combine.

Step 10

Pour in the cooled meat sauce next; toss to combine.

Step 11

In your 9x13 dish, add half the pasta and spoon half the remaining sauce on top; add 1/2 remaining Mozzarella.

Step 12

Repeat these same layers.

Step 13

Bake 30 minutes until bubbly. Let stand 5-7 minutes before serving.

My pictures of making the sauce are MIA…

so… Just follow the easy steps below in the recipe section above

and set aside the sauce to cool…

Then let’s get started with the cheesy filling…

                combine the ricotta, mozzarella,Parmesan, egg …

Next add the cooled pasta sauce…

And gently stir in that amazing ziti…

In your 9×13 pan, layer 1/2 the noodle mixture,

1/2 the sauce, 1/2 the remaining mozzarella …

Repeat those yummy layers!!!

Bake on 375 degrees for 30 minutes until cheese

is melted and casserole is bubbly….

Let stand 5-7 minutes before serving.

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