Easy Baked Ziti

26 g
39 g
26 g
Total Fat
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time


  • 1 (12- 16-ounce) package ziti (can sub penne, bowtie or mostaciolli pasta)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage or ground beef or pork
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 (32-ounce) jar marinara sauce
  • Fresh minced parsley, optional for garnish

Nutrition Facts

per serving

Calories: 501
Protein: 26 g
Carbohydrate: 39 g
Fiber: 3 g
Total Fat: 26 g
Saturated Fat: 11 g
Cholesterol: 70 mg
Calcium: 40% DV
Sodium: 1,675 mg


  1. Preheat oven to 375º F. Prepare a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water, uncovered, until pasta is just under al dente. It will continue to cook in the oven. Drain the pasta and return to pot. Toss with a small amount of olive oil so the pasta does not stick together.
  3. Meanwhile, season beef (or other meat) with garlic salt and pepper and brown in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If using Italian sausage, you will not need extra seasoning. Drain and add to the pasta.
  4. Add 1 cup mozzarella, ½ cup Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce to the pasta and meat. Stir to combine.
  5. Transfer mixture to baking dish and top with remaining cheeses. Bake for 20 minutes and until bubbly and golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let sit 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

Recipe Credit: Kim's Cravings

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