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Weeknight Baked Ziti

baked ziti

I love easy weeknight dinners. Pete and I work 14 hour days so anything simple is really the way to go. Baked Ziti is one of those simple meals. Plus, I can make a full tray of it and we can have it for at least two meals. It makes life that much easier.

Make this easy weeknight baked ziti, open a bagged salad, and dinner is served. Twice for us (and maybe lunch too depending on how hungry we are after our long work nights).

Baked Ziti is also a super easy meal to make if you’re part of a meal train because it reheats so well. Whenever we make it for someone who just had a baby or lost a family member, we omit the meat. 

Weeknight Baked Ziti

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 box penne pasta
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 8oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 8oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef

What You’ll Do:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Cook the pasta al dente (1 to 2 minutes under the lowest cook time on the package). Drain the penne.

Brown the meat.

In a large 11×7 baking pan, combine the pasta, sauce, cheeses, and beef. Cover with foil.

Bake covered for 45 minutes.


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Sunday 12th of April 2015

I make this recipe often, and it's always a hit with the kids! Thanks for linking up with us this week at the Best of the Blogosphere!


Saturday 11th of April 2015

I never think to make baked ziti! Thanks for the reminder! Thanks for linking up with us at MeetUp Monday! Hope to see you again this week! --Krista


Tuesday 7th of April 2015

This looks like something my family would enjoy! Pinning :) Thank you for linking us with us this week at Brag About It! ~Laurie

Miz Helen

Monday 6th of April 2015

We love baked Ziti and your recipe looks awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen

alicia szemon

Saturday 28th of February 2015

Uhhh!! This looks so good! It sounds super easy! I really want to make this for dinner(: