Very Easy Baked Ziti Dinner - Kim Funk version ~

Monday, February 6, 2012

Make tonight an easy dinner night with Baked Ziti!

1 lb ground beef
2 16 oz. jars Traditional Prego Spaghetti Sauce
½ of a 16 oz box of ziti tube shaped pasta (penne works also)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Cook pasta as directed (usually about 11 - 15 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef with onion powder, and remove any fat.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sauce, 2 cups of the mozzarella, pasta and beef mixture. (You can also use the pot you used for pasta, but it needs to be large in order to be able to stir all ingredients). Mix well.
  4. Poor mixture into a 9 x 13 baking pan and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

  • If you prefer a lighter sauce presence in your favorite pasta dishes, use only 1 ¾ jars of pasta sauce.
  • If you’d like to view the original recipe which is a double recipe (now and later) and includes onions and mushrooms, take a peek here. My version is a combo of the original with bits and pieces of related tips. (My family doesn't like onions and mushrooms and as you’ll see in photo, my son doesn’t like cheese on the top of his ziti, so a corner is sans cheese on top!).
  • Add a green salad and garlic bread and you’re ready to go!


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