Baked Ziti

Total Time:
55 min
20 min
35 min

8 servings

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 medium jars spaghetti sauce with roasted garlic
  • Pinch dried oregano
  • Pinch dried parsley
  • Pinch salt, plus additional salt for pasta water
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (1-pound) box rigatoni noodles
  • 2 (1-pound) blocks mozzarella cheese (not the soft kind)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large skillet, melt half of the butter over medium heat. Add turkey and cook until browned. Add tomato sauce, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, and onion and simmer until onion is tender.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling, salted water until a little less than al dente. Drain and cool. Cut 1 of the blocks of cheese into cubes and slice the other into thin slices. Melt the remaining butter and pour into the bottom of a deep 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Pour 1 1/2 ladles full of the sauce into the dish, or enough to completely cover the bottom. Add a layer of pasta and then a layer of cubed cheese. Repeat layering until all ingredients are used.

Fill 1 of the empty sauce jars 1/8 full with water and shake. Pour over pasta. Top with the thin slices of cheese, and sprinkle with additional oregano and parsley, if desired. Cover casserole with foil and place in oven. Check every 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove foil for last 5 minutes of cooking to brown cheese.

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I enjoyed this recipe. I have made this dish twice now. I made a few adjustments to the recipe. I used one pound of ground turkey and one pound of Italian sausage instead of two pounds of ground turkey. I also used grated mozzarella cheese, it melts a lot better than the slice block of cheese. I will be making this dish for the 4th of July holiday. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. I used shredded mozzarella and it turned out just fine. Everyone loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! Very easy to make. I am making it for the second time now. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you, Rachael, for such a wonderful recipe! I made this the other night and it was a HUGE hit with my family! It made quite a bit so we had left overs for lunch and was sooo good! Definitely will be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple main dish but definitely a crowd pleaser. I followed the recipie as is and everybody loved it. The only tweak that I made was that I used one block of mozzarella cheese cubed in the dish then put 8 0z of shredded mozzarella cheese on top. It makes a lot of food but I will absolutely be making this dish again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is great. it was my first time making ziti and it turned out great. where it says you thin slice the cheese and put on top, i used about 1/2 what the recipe calls for. i definitely recommend this recipe. it's easy to make too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was delicious and easy to make. My family LOVED it the only change I made to the recipe is that I used shredded mozzarella instead of block cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good and a nice change- I used turkey and whole wheat pasta. Next time I'll add some red pepper flakes and maybe some veggies. I did the cubes and slices it wasn't that time consuming no more than shredding I don't think. I tought that was nifty and cool to do the cubes and next time I big spoon a few dolops of ricotta cheese throughout the layers. This made a ton and it kept good for a while. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this recipe was delicious, and my family devoured it! I stuck to the recipe above for the most part, except that I used shredded skim mozzarella (much quicker than the blocks, I think), and added red pepper flakes for a kick. It was so good! I wasn't expecting this recipe to make quite so much, but I'm glad there was some left over for lunch the next day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nice Recipe. Used Italian turkey sausage and olive oil instead of butter. Also the shredded mozzarella is quicker and easier than using the blocks. Will try this again with some of the variations posted. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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