How to Cook Appetizing Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti.

Baked Ziti You can cook Baked Ziti using 12 ingredients and 9 steps. Here is how you achieve it.

Ingredients of Baked Ziti

  1. You need 2 lbs of penne pasta.
  2. It’s 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef.
  3. You need 24 oz of tomato sauce.
  4. It’s 4 1/2 cups of ricotta cheese.
  5. You need 4 cups of mozzarella cheese (shredded).
  6. It’s 1 cup of parmesan cheese.
  7. It’s 2 of eggs.
  8. Prepare 4 tbsp of parsley.
  9. Prepare 1 tbsp of salt.
  10. Prepare 1 tsp of black pepper.
  11. You need 1 tsp of oregano.
  12. You need 1/4 cup of halved pepperoni slices (optional).

Baked Ziti instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Boil water. Add some salt (about 1 tbsp) to flavor the pasta as it cooks. Once it boils, add pasta and cook for 15 minutes. Once pasta is done cooking, mix in a bit of sauce to keep it from sticking..
  3. Heat a pan at medium heat, add the beef and some water (maybe 2 cups or so). Brown the chopped meat. This will take about 10 minutes – you’ll know it’s done when the juice is clear..
  4. Then drain it. Once the meat cools a bit, break it up into small pieces if it isn’t already..
  5. Get a large foil roast pan and coat the bottom with about 1/4 cup of sauce..
  6. In a large bowl, mix together the meat and all ingredients, except the cooked pasta. Leave a little bit of sauce to the side to drizzle over the top later..
  7. After the meat, cheeses, eggs, and seasonings are mixed well, add the pasta and mix well again..
  8. Put the ziti in the baking pan. Sprinkle some extra mozzarella and parmesan cheese (maybe 2 handfuls of each) over the top layer. Then drizzle the last of the sauce over top..
  9. Cover the pan with foil and cook in the oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes. Then, take off the foil and cook for another 20 minutes or so..