Simple Cheesy Baked Ziti

My family loves pasta but spaghetti and meatballs can be a little boring after a while. This simple cheesy baked ziti is a great alternative. It’s creamy and cheesy which makes it extra tasty! And a big plus, it uses ingredients I usually have on hand and takes little effort to make.

I love the simplicity of this recipe and how easy it is to use whatever I have on hand. Whether I am switching up the pasta or cheese, it still tastes great!

Simple Cheesy Baked Ziti
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

I love the simplicity of this recipe and how easy it is to use whatever I have on hand. Whether I am switching up the pasta or cheese, it still tastes great!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Julie Clark
Ingredients
  • 12 oz Ziti pasta
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 28 oz jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 Eggs, large
  • 8 oz Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350oF.

  2. Cook pasta according to directions.

  3. In a skillet, brown the ground beef until done. Drain off any fat and add sauce, eggs, cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.

  4. In a large bowl, mix together cooked pasta and sauce mixture and spread into a greased 9x13 inch pan.

  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until heated through.

Recipe Notes

Experiment with whatever you have on hand. I made this last night and used 16 oz of rotini because I didn't want a little pasta left in the box. I also didn't have enough mozzarella cheese so I topped with 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese instead. 

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