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Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce

This classic recipe is packed with flavor and does not require a lot of ingredients. Perfect for a family dinner night!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Author I Heart Recipes

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 cups cooked penne pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes optional
  1. Cook the pasta until it is al dente, then drain the pasta under cool water.
  2. Place the ground beef into a pan, and place the pan over medium heat.
  3. Season the ground beef with the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder, then cook the meat until it browns.
  4. Once the meat browns, drain the fat, add in 1 tsp of minced garlic, then add in the tomatoes.
  5. Next, add in the tomato paste, then the water, and stir the ingredients.
  6. Sprinkle in the sugar, stir, then let the meat sauce cook over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  7. Place the meat sauce in your bake dish, then and in the pasta.
  8. Fold the ingredients, then add in the 1 cup cheese. Fold the cheese in with the other ingredients.
  9. Top the ziti off with the remaining cheese, then sprinkle the parsley flakes on top.
  10. Bake the ziti uncovered on 350 F, for 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Let the ziti sit for 5 to 10 minutes before digging in.
  12. Enjoy!
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