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Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti

Real Simple NOVEMBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:20 Minutes
  • Other:25 Minutes


  • 1 pound ziti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano (optional)
  • 1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Parmesan
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove liquid
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella


Cook the ziti according to the package instructions.

Heat oven to 400° F.

In a large pot, over medium-low heat, heat the oil. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until the onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the beef, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until no trace of pink remains, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid. Add the garlic and oregano (if using) and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan, ricotta, and spinach and toss again. Spread the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or individual ramekins and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake until the mozzarella melts, about 15 minutes.

Tip: If you prefer, substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef and chopped broccoli for the spinach.

To Freeze: Assemble (but do not bake) the casserole. Cover tightly with two layers of aluminum foil. Store for up to 3 months.

To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Cover and heat in a 350° F oven for 1 hour. Uncover and heat until the mozzarella melts, about 10 minutes more.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calcium: 672.94mg
  • Calories: 1165.23
  • Calories from fat: 36%
  • Carbohydrate: 117.18g
  • Cholesterol: 176.15mg
  • Fat: 46.43g
  • Fiber: 7.12g
  • Iron: 9.95mg
  • Protein: 70.1mg
  • Saturated fat: 21.31g
  • Sodium: 1628.12mg

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