Layers of tender ziti noodles, hearty Bolognese sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese, baked and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese… Wanna come over? This Bolognese inspired baked ziti is a great weeknight dish or perfect for a big Sunday dinner crowd. Serve with a great salad and you are set! Adding ground beef to this dish elevates your everyday cheesy baked ziti and makes it a more complete and satisfying family meal. The bolognese sauce is made simple, using our very own Classic Marinara Sauce. Baking everything together allows the ingredients and flavors to blend and you are left with a pasta bake worthy of any dinner table. So EASY and so good!
- 1 pound ziti pasta
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 jar of Pasta Jay’s Classic Marinara Sauce
- 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F then begin preparing your pasta. Cook your ziti noodles al dente according to package directions. Drain the noodles and set aside.
Step 2: In a large Dutch oven or saucepan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef, breaking it into smaller pieces, until the meat is browned.
Step 3: Push the meat to the sides of your pan, creating a well, and add the chopped onion. Saute until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.
Step 4: Add the garlic, basil, Italian seasoning and red pepper, and stir to combine. Add Pasta Jay’s Classic Marinara Sauce, and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add the cooked ziti to sauce, and stir to combine.
Step 5: Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish. Pour half of pasta-sauce mixture into prepared dish, and cover with half the mozzarella; repeat layers. Top with Parmesan cheese and bake in the oven until cheese is melted and edges are bubbly, about 25 minutes.
Step 6: Let rest 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!