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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    Delicious. I used shredded mozzarella and it turned out just fine. Everyone loves it!
    Very good! Very easy to make. I am making it for the second time now.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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!
    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.
    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.
    I loved this recipe. Using turkey instead of beef made it so it wasn't greasy. But still had great flavors.
    It tasted nice, all ingredients balanced out nicely even though I thought the sauce might not be enough; when it was done cooking, it was just right. I left out about 1/4 of the cheese because it seem a little too much. Overall good Ziti recipe.
    This recipe was amazingly easy and fast. Any flavor of Ragu can be used--in fact, I mix the flavors using Sweet Basil & Tomato Ragu with the Mushroom Ragu. II used 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef and 2 Italian sausage, plus I added 2 cans mushrooms, 1 T Parmesan Cheese, I green pepper saute with the onions. I used 1 3/4 bags of shredded Mozzarella instead of the blocks of cheese. Makes a LOT! Tastes even better as leftovers! This one is a real winner and SUPER FAST to make!
    I subbed ricotta for some of the cheese (my family likes cheese alot). I really enjoyed the ground turkey! I didn't have a HUGE enough skillet so I used my wok. It worked rather well. This was a great dish and makes a TON! My dad stole most of the left overs to take home. My picky fiance even liked it!
    I usually use ground beef in my ziti, but I tried this recipe and thought it was really good! I definitely like the flavor of the ground turkey. I would also cut down on the cheese a little.
    Very good. Added Ricotta and cut 1# Mozerella. I feel that recipes are a roadmap to a great dish, and I frequently take a side trip by adding and subtracting while not harming the flavor of the end result. Thanks for the roadmap!!
    This recipe was quick, easy and delicious. Nothing oover the top,simple. I told all of my friends to try yhis recipe..
    People tend to make baked ziti too dry, but I found this recipe to be a hit:-).
    A great dish that fills your tummy! Two Guys, 1 Platter of Baked Ziti...Gone in 24 hours!
    Way too many noodles for this dish. Not enough sauce. Reminds me of a "frozen-dinner-been-thawed-out." Really was not all that good to us. We love Rachel~just not this recipe!!!!
    Easy to make and was good but needed a little something else. I added what I thought it needed the second time and it was to die for.
    I made this, but I didn't use butter to cook the turkey in to make it a little bit more healthy. It turned out great and we had a lot left over. It was great the next day as well. Super easy!
    I made this recipe but except with ziti I used linguini noodles because my dad was craving baked spaghetti. It worked excellently, except that make sure your onions are very finely diced otherwise they take over the whole dish. All in all, a great recipe.
    My daughter and I watched this episode about 2 years ago and we decided to try it. We LOVE it way easy and honestly a great way to get your kids in the kitchen with food they will love! My daughter loves this this recipe and it is always a hit with everyone!
    I added ricotta cheese as a layer to this dish. My husband loved it. Estimate about 30-45 minutes bake time.
    This is okay for a in-a-hurry meal, my family wasn't enthusiastic as they usually are with Rachaels food. If you plan on making baked ziti I recommend doing it better with ricotta and less mozzarella. if your in a hurry than go on ahead and whip it up.
    This is such a great one dish meal! Easy cleanup & the whole family loved it!
    My family enjoyed this dish and it was quick and easy to put together. I did take the advice from others and added 2 cloves of fresh garlic and used Italian sausage. It was a big hit with my 2 and 4 year olds!
    So easy and tasty! I made this and was able to enjoy it for several days to come!
    bland and boring !
    i made this for the first time and it came out so good. My husband loved it too.
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