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baked ziti

Ultimate Baked Ziti

A great homemade baked ziti that will feed a crowd, and is really one of the most delicious combinations of my homemade meat sauce and pasta
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked ziti, pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: letseatcuisine


  • 1 box pasta
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 20 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tbsp tonys season
  • 1 tbsp caribbean season
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups mozzarella top layer
  • parsley to garnish

Cheese Mix

  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • basil
  • italian season
  • mozzarella
  • parmesan
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper


  • In a medium size pot add olive oil and cook onion, bell pepper and garlic for 5 minutes or until translucent.
  • Add ground beef, red wine, caribbean season, garlic, onion, tonys season, bail, salt, pepper and cook down for another 10 mins and cook for 10 minutes while chopping peices together until all the meat has browned.
  • Once meat has brown, add crushed tomato sauce and cook for 1 hour 20 minutes on med low heat. After 1 hour, remove 1 cup of the liquid on top of the sauce and add brown sugar, tomato paste, fennel seeds, salt and pepper and cook for remaining 40 mins.
  • Boil pasta for 10 minutes follow instrustions on the box . While meat is cooking were going to prepare the cheese sauce.
  • In a medium boil, Add ricotta, egg, sour cream, basil, talian season, mozzarella, parmesan,onion powder, garlic powder
    1 tsp red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Set aside
  • In total 2 hours add half of the meat sauce to pasta and half of the ricotta cheese mix and stir until everything is well combined.
  • In a large baking dish or cask iron skillet. Add meat sauce , pasta, meat sauce again then ricotta cheesemix and spread evenly. Add the rest of the pasta, mozzarella cheese and parsely to garnish.
  • Preheat oven on 350 F. Cook for 55 minutes total. 35minutes covered 20 minutes uncovered until top is nicely golden brown.


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