EASY BAKED ZITI CASSEROLE (+Video)

This easy baked ziti is a huge family favorite. Creamy, cheesy alfredo pasta topped with a beefy spaghetti sauce! Then topped with melted cheese!

EASY BAKED ZITI CASSEROLE
This is one of my favorite comfort food pasta dishes. This one along with my BAKED SPAGHETTI (SPASAGNA) is the ultimate comfort food for me. Serve it with some GARLIC BREAD and a salad and I am a happy camper!Easy Cheesy Baked Ziti
HOW-TO VIDEO INCLUDED BELOW

CAN I USE ANY KIND OF PASTA FOR BAKED ZITI?
I like the Penne pasta because it has those little ridges in it. And those little ridges are really good at hanging onto the pasta sauce. But if you prefer the Ziti pasta, then use that instead of the Penne. Or maybe you are able to find the Ziti with ridges in your local supermarket, then you could use that as well. This recipe is versatile and you can use almost any other pasta noodle you prefer. I love it in this CREAMY GARLIC PENNE PASTA.

Easy Baked Ziti Casserole recipe from The Country Cook
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
ground beef
spaghetti sauce*
alfredo sauce
penne pasta (or ziti or rigatoni)
yellow onion
shredded mozzarella cheese

ground beef, mozzarella, Alfredo Sauce, penne pasta, spaghetti pasta sauceSTEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE BAKED ZITI:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Prepare pasta according to directions. In a medium sauce pan, brown ground beef with onion (if using.) After beef is browned and crumbled, drain excess grease. Put back in pot and pour in one jar of spaghetti sauce. Keep mixture on low until pasta is done. When pasta is finished, drain well. You want the pasta as dry as possible. Put pasta back in large pot (with heat off) and pour in jar of alfredo sauce. Combine until thoroughly coated.
pouring Alfredo Sauce over cooked penne pasta in a large pot

 Pour pasta mixture into bottom of 9×13 dish.
Alfredo covered penne pasta in a 13x9 baking dish

Cover pasta with spaghetti sauce mixture.
meat sauce poured over ziti and Alfredo Sauce

Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese.
shredded mozzarella cheese on top of ziti mixture

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. I like to spray the inside of my foil with nonstick spray so the cheese doesn’t stick to it. Or you could use nonstick aluminum foil.
foil covered casserole dishRemove foil and bake for another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let rest for about 5 minutes after taking out of oven.
Super Simple Baked Ziti recipe (closeup)

*Cook’s Notes: When I make this, I usually purchase an extra can of spaghetti sauce so we can pour extra sauce over the top when serving.
Easy Cheesy Baked Ziti, forkful

Enjoy!

Originally published: May 2011
Updated and republished: May 2019

EASY BAKED ZITI

This easy baked ziti is a huge family favorite. Creamy, cheesy alfredo pasta topped with a beefy spaghetti sauce! Then topped with melted cheese!

1 lb ground beef
1 (32 oz) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 (16 oz) jar alfredo sauce
1 lb penne pasta ((or ziti or rigatoni))
½ yellow onion, diced
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
Prepare pasta according to directions.
In a medium sauce pan, brown ground beef with onion (if using).
After beef is brown and crumbled, drain excess grease.
Put back in pot and pour in one jar of spaghetti sauce.
Keep mixture on low until pasta is done.

When pasta is finished, drain excess water from pasta. You want the pasta as dry as possible.

Put pasta back in large pot (with heat off) and pour in jar of alfredo sauce. Combine until thoroughly coated.

Pour pasta mixture into bottom of 9 x 13 dish.
Cover pasta with spaghetti sauce mixture.

Don’t put the pot that you used for the spaghetti sauce in with the dirty dishes yet. Keep that pot out and start heating up second jar of spaghetti sauce on low heat. Put a cover on it to keep warm until ziti is finished baking.

Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Remove foil and bake for another 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let rest for about 5 minutes after taking out of oven.

Serve portions onto plates, and pour some of the heated spaghetti sauce on top.

LOVE THIS PASTA RECIPE? HERE’S MORE!
EASY BAKED SPAGHETTI (Spasagna)
SAUSAGE SPAGHETTI “CUPCAKES”
PIZZA PASTA BAKE

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