Put this one in the recipe vault y’all! I’ve always loved baked ziti, and can still remember the first time I had it as a kid. My friend brought leftovers for lunch one day. He heated it up for us and let me try a bite. I remember having my little mind blown…it was absolutely amazing. So when I discovered Pioneer Woman’s Baked Ziti Recipe, I had to try it. Everything Ree Drummond touches turns to gold, so her ziti obviously must be legit. Well I wasn’t surprised to find that this is definitely one of best baked ziti recipe on the planet. seriously good comfort food. I’m clearly obsessed with her, so I have also included several other Pioneer Woman recipes further along in this post for your convenience 🙂
This recipe literally makes enough for ten people, so tell your friends to bring some to-go containers. I made this for a work even recently and it was a big hit. It’s great for pot-lucks or parties or for your neighbors after a new baby.
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- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound Italian sausage
- Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato sauce or marinara sauce
- One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes with juice
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound ziti
- 1½ pounds mozzarella, grated
- One 15-ounce tub whole-milk ricotta
- ½ cup grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, plus more for sprinkling
- 2 eggs
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add Italian sausage and ground beef and brown. Drain off fat.
- Add tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the grated mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, and salt and pepper.
- Drain the pasta. Pour it into the bowl with the cheese mixture and toss to slightly . Add the meat sauce and toss together.
- Pour mixture into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.