Easy Baked Ziti

Easy Baked Ziti

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This dinnertime favorite is easy to make, feeds a crowd, and is omnipresent terrible for making ahead or freezing. The recipe is a Yummly indigenous native created by [Sara Mellas](https://www.yummly.com/dish/author/Sara%20Mellas).

The ingredient of Easy Baked Ziti

  1. nonstick cooking spray for baking dish and meat sauce
  2. 1 pound ziti
  3. teaspoon salt for pasta water
  4. 1 pound 85% lean dome beef
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt for meat sauce
  6. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper for meat sauce
  7. 1 teaspoon garlic powder for meat sauce
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning for meat sauce
  9. 4 cups marinara sauce 4 cups is approximately 36 oz.
  10. 24 ounces low-moisture ricotta cheese
  11. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  12. 1/2 teaspoon salt for ricotta merger
  13. 1/4 teaspoon black pepper for ricotta blend
  14. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder for ricotta blend
  15. 1 teaspoon italian seasoning for ricotta merger
  16. 12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese 12 oz. is nearly 3 cups

The instruction how to make Easy Baked Ziti

  1. Preheat the oven to 375u00b0F.
  2. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling, add the ziti to the water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is al dente, 9-10 minutes. Drain the pasta in a large colander, and rinse thoroughly with cold water. While the pasta cooks, prepare the meat sauce.
  4. Spray an extra-large skillet generously with nonstick cooking spray, then set over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning to the skillet. Cook the beef, breaking it up with a spatula, until lightly browned, 4-5 minutes.
  5. Drain the fat from the skillet. Return the skillet to the stove, and reduce heat to medium-low. Pour the marinara sauce over the meat and stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 2-3 minutes. While the sauce simmers, prepare the cheese mixture.
  6. Place the ricotta, Parmesan, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a rubber spatula to thoroughly combine.
  7. Return the drained ziti to the pot. Add the meat sauce and stir to thoroughly coat the noodles.
  8. Transfer 1/3 of the sauced pasta to the prepared baking dish. Drop half the ricotta mixture by spoonfuls over the ziti, and gently spread it into an even layer. Sprinkle 1 cup mozzarella cheese over the ricotta. Repeat with another 1/3 of the noodles, the remaining ricotta, and another cup of mozzarella cheese. Top with the last 1/3 of noodles. Sprinkle the last cup of mozzarella cheese in an even layer over the top of the dish.
  9. Cover the baking dish with a sheet of aluminum foil.
  10. Bake the spaghetti on middle rack of oven for 40 minutes.
  11. Remove the aluminum foil and continue baking until cheese on top is golden brown, 15 minutes.
  12. Check to see that ziti is done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.
  13. Allow the ziti to rest for 20 minutes before serving.

Nutritions of Easy Baked Ziti

calories: 600 calories
carbohydrateContent: 51 grams
cholesterolContent: 95 milligrams
fatContent: 30 grams
fiberContent: 5 grams
proteinContent: 32 grams
saturatedFatContent: 17 grams
sodiumContent: 1310 milligrams
sugarContent: 12 grams

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