• Cooking Time: 40-50
  • Servings: 8
  • Preparation Time:


This is another one of my family's favorites. It's hearty and quite delicious.


  • 1 (16-oz.) pkg. ziti macaroni
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. mozzarella, shredded
  • Spaghetti Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp. salad oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced
  • 2 (15-oz. each) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (12-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Prepare spaghetti sauce: In a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, in hot salad oil, cook the onion and garlic until tender, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Do not burn the garlic.
  • Add the tomato sauce and remaining ingredients and over high heat bring to boiling.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover and cook for 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  • Meanwhile, in 8-qt. Dutch oven, prepare ziti as label directs; drain and set aside. In same Dutch oven over med-high heat, cook ground beef until well browned, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Remove Dutch oven from heat; stir in ricotta, next 5 ingredients and half of the spaghetti sauce until well mixed. Add ziti and toss gently to coat well.
  • Spoon the mixture into 13 x 9” baking pan; pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over ziti mixture; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Categories: Beef  Dinner  Main Dish  Misc. One Dish  Pasta 

Author Credit: Good Housekeeping Cookbook

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