On Baked Ziti

As we start to get into that fall weather, there is really nothing more satisfying or soul warming than a baked pasta dish. What’s even better is when you’re able to cut some corners (there are only a few times that I’ll go ahead and use a specific jarred marinara instead of making my own tomato sauce, which you can absolutely do if you have the time for it!), and get this sucker made in less than an hour! That’s an automatic win in my book! Now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a piece of garlic bread with my name on it! 

Hoping all of you reading this are staying safe and well!

— Cooking Maggie

Baked Ziti


  • 1 package of ziti pasta
  • 1 lb ground italian sausage, mild
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jar of Paul Newman’s Tomato & Basil Bombolina Sauce (or your preferred marinara sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Add ground beef and sausage to a large pot over medium high heat, and cook till browned. Drain away excess fat, and set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Add in the garlic, Italian Seasoning, and marinara sauce. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes – add salt & pepper to taste.
  4. While sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add pasta and cook 10-11 minutes. Drain pasta and add into the pot. Stir everything to combine, then remove from heat. Stir in half of the cheese, then pour into the greased dish. Top with remaining cheese.
  5. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil for the last 10 minutes to allow cheese on top to melt.
  6. Serve with garlic bread, because yum!

One Comment Add yours

  1. BERNADETTE says:

    Baked pasta dishes are always yummy in the tummy.


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