Recipe: baked ziti with meat sauce


Now that I’ve gone back to work from maternity leave, I’ve been on the search for quick and easy recipes. My favorite recipes to look for are make ahead and freeze recipes, or slow cooker recipes. I know I’ve posted several slow cooker recipes, but very few make ahead.

Prepare to be introduced to the easiest make ahead meal ever! The hardest part is browning the hamburger meat.

First, boil some ziti noodles on medium heat until they’re soft. Drain the water from the noodles. Next, stir in about a cup of ricotta cheese, until the noodles are coated. I then add a cup and a half of marinara sauce to the meat. I use Classico Cabernet Marinara, but you can use whatever you like.

I then mix the meat and marinara to the pasta. I sprinkle fresh, grated Parmesan and mozzarella over the top. If you’re going to make this later, pop it in the freezer. If not, pop it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


It’s so easy and cheap to make, and my family loves it!




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