Baked Ziti

January 16, 2008 at 7:24 pm 5 comments

(Recipe from WineLoversCookingDiary | photos from me!)

Makes 6 servings


1 box (16 oz) Ziti pasta (I used penne pasta)
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb pork sausage
Salt, black pepper, garlic, red pepper flakes (all to taste)
12 oz cottage cheese (I used ricotta)
1/2 cup (4 oz) mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
8 slices provolone cheese (I used swiss cheese)

[NOTES: I also added sliced mushrooms to the sauce mixture.]


Preheat oven to 350 and grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, season water with salt, boil pasta till al dente; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile brown sausage and ground beef in skillet and season with desired amounts of salt, black pepper, garlic and red pepper flakes. Drain excess grease away from meats and return back to skillet. Add the jar of spaghetti sauce and let simmer until you are ready to assemble the dish.

Place enough sauce mixture on the bottom of the pan so the noodles won’t stick. Then assemble the rest of the dish: half of the cooked noodles, all of the cottage cheese, 4 slices of provolone cheese, 1/2 of the remaining sauce, remaining noodles, half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, remaining sauce, remaining provolone.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let set 10 minutes to cool before serving. (I served with parmesan garlic bread. Click here for recipe)


Husband rating: A+
He loved this and said I need to keep this in the “go-to dinner” recipe files. LOL.

Wifey rating: A+
I really like the beef and pork combination. Of course cheese makes everything yummy! :)


Entry filed under: beef, cheese, italian, main dish, pasta, pork.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alanna  |  January 16, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I heart baked ziti. I had this for dinner last night (same recipe) and it was EXCELLENT. I even made it without meat, and it is still DELISH!

  • 2. CB  |  January 16, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    ALANNA, sweeet! but where’s your BU about it missy?? haha.

  • 3. Tasmaniac  |  January 17, 2008 at 1:16 am

    I am going to copy this recipe to try sounds & looks really yummy.

  • 4. April  |  January 17, 2008 at 8:54 am

    YAY! I’m glad that you liked this one Clara! This is one of our faves, in fact, it is Will’s favorite meal that I make right now. He always asks for “those one noodles shaped like this with the stripes on them”. : )

  • 5. CB  |  January 17, 2008 at 9:07 am

    TASMANIAC, it was so freaking yummy! I am looking forward to my leftovers. ps. nice to “meet” you. :)

    APRIL, aawww Will is too stinkin’ adorable. See? I just think boys are so much cuter than girls. But thats probably comparing to me… I was a little terror! haha.


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