Italian Pasta Recipes

Grandma’s Italian Baked Ziti Old-style

My Grandma’s Italian Baked Ziti Old-style is a classic recipe filled with all the best flavors; that everyone will enjoy.



  • 32 oz. Ricotta Cheese
  • 16 oz. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated and divided
  • 1 lb. ziti pasta
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp. basil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 45 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 egg



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
  3. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions until al dente.
  4. Drain water from pasta.
  5. Heat olive oil over medium heat cooking the onion, basil, and garlic until brown.
  6. Remove from pan into small bowl.
  7. Using the same pan, cook ground beef on medium-high heat until evenly brown.
  8. Stir in the onion mixture and the tomato sauce.
  9. Season with salt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  10. Mix together ricotta, 1/2 of the mozzarella, 1/2 of the parmesan, and the egg until creamy.
  11. Mix in pasta until evenly coated.
  12. Grease a 9x13x3 inch baking dish.
  13. In the prepared dish, begin layering with 1/2 of the pasta mixture, then 1/2 of the meat mixture, followed by the other ½ of the pasta mixture.
  14. Next a layer of the other half of the mozzarella, finish with the remaining meat mixture.
  15. Finally top with the other ½ of the Parmigiano.
  16. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.


Classic Baked Ziti Tips:

Make sure to let it simmer! Let this all-time classic sit and cool for 5-10 minutes, this lets the flavors within the ziti marinate.

Leftovers Taste Better!

Heat oil in a frying pan to a medium heat.

Place any leftovers into the pan, rotating the slab searing the four sides until there is a slightly crisp crust.







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