Baked Ziti

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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)
Directions

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
I loved this recipe. Using turkey instead of beef made it so it wasn't greasy. But still had great flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was quick, easy and delicious. Nothing oover the top,simple. I told all of my friends to try yhis recipe.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
People tend to make baked ziti too dry, but I found this recipe to be a hit:-). item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great dish that fills your tummy! Two Guys, 1 Platter of Baked Ziti...Gone in 24 hours! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added ricotta cheese as a layer to this dish. My husband loved it. Estimate about 30-45 minutes bake time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a great one dish meal! Easy cleanup & the whole family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and tasty! I made this and was able to enjoy it for several days to come! item not reviewed by moderator and published
bland and boring ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this for the first time and it came out so good. My husband loved it too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added fresh basil, parsley and garlic. I was afraid the simplicity of the dish may render it lacking it flavor, but to my surprise, it was delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome. I've made it probably 20 times since the episode 1st aired. People always ask me for the recipe too. I tell them to go to foood network etc. Delicious. I've never had anyone not like this dish and I've taken it to several parties and get together item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted to try this Italian dish after watching a marithon of "The Sapranos" and this recipe was so easy and really hit the spot. It was resturant quality, without a doubt. My husband cooks this dish on a regular basis now that we know it is a winner, and it is not hard to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
THE BAKED ZITI WAS GREAT. I DIDN'T ADD THE ENTIRE 2 POUNDS OF CHEESE BUT I WISH I HAD. EITHER WAY MY FAMILY REALLY ENJOYED IT AND IT HAS BECOME A PERMENANT RECIPE ON MY JOURNEY TO LEARN TO COOK. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was tasty and easy to make. My husband and picky son ate it up and asked for seconds. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did make a couple of changes. I made my own quick sauce (canned tomato sauce with garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper), and I used ricotta salata in the dish instead of the cubed mozzarella. I also used a lean ground meat in place of the ground turkey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this dish. The recipe says it serves 8; however, I would say that it would easily feed 10. It really makes a lot. It's very filling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really like this recipe. I made it without the ground turkey for my veggie-only friends, and they loved it as well! It tastes like you spent a lot of time making it, but is really easy and simple. It's a keeper. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think that this recipe is pretty good. I usually split the recipe in half because it makes a lot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, I saw Raven make it during this episode and I logged onto the computer as soon as I saw it so that I could download the recipe and make it myself! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is a great recipe. my daughter is very picky, and she LOVES it!! this is great for all occasions, and very tasty!:) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, simple and quick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would try this recipe again but substitute 1 lb of turkey with 1 lb of italian sausage for a little more flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SO easy and SO tasty! I made this for my friends and they raved about it! I served it with the salad they recommended (butter lettuce, shredded carrot, chick peas and buffalo mozz), topped with the dressing (equal parts italian and ranch), along with garlic bread. Couldn't have been easier or more delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was really good. I had it for a special dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best meal that I ever made or ate! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After watching Raven-Symone make this delicious recipe, I knew I just had to give it a try! Due to the fact that she is very experienced in the culinary field, I knew I that I probably couldn't make the baked ziti as great as she (or her mother because it was her original recipe.) However, what I did make was delicious! With the ground turkey instead of ground beef, the recipe was very unique and my younger sister and I really enjoyed layering the dish. The additional techniques and the salad recipe that Raven-Symone provided while I was watching the actual show were also delicious, as well. With Raven-Symone's dream of becoming a famous chef and attending culinary school, I know that she could be the best chef ever! I believe in her 100%. I would recommend this recipe to anyone who loves Italian food/pasta dishes. As a matter of fact, this is one of the best meals that I have ever had! Thanks Raven-Symone!!!!!!! You Really Rock!!!! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy to follow and simple to make. Since the original recipe turned out too greasy for me with all of the butter, I substituted the butter with a little olive oil for the ground meat and Pam cooking spray for greasing the pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There was so much cheese that it overpowered everything else. Not to mention I spent about an hour grating it. Seriously, if anyone makes this, proportion it how you think because if you follow the recipe it's going to turn out to be all cheese. The rigatoni was like only 1/10 of the dish and the rest was cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and extremely tasty! The ground turkey makes it not so greasy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very easy to follow the directions.It didn't take long and the taste of it was just too good to have words for! I highly recommend this to anyone ,whether you can cook or not. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is awesome and delicious. Instead of using sliced mozerella on top of ziti, I used shredded mozerella and I got the same results. Also I did not layer ziti, I just tossed/mixed well everything together in pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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made recipe for first time for a new boyfriend....absolutlely loved it, and i'm convinced it was that dish that made him fall for me!!dish is wonderful and very filling! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe will use it from now on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed making this dish. It was very easy, delicious and quick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a quick and easy (and great) recipe! I used Ragu meatball sauce and loved it with the ground turkey. I also added some steamed frozen broccoli to the top laer of sauce (right under the last layer of cheese). Great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
it got a little bit messy, but it was well worth it. the ziti didn't last long at all b/c my husband and i LOVED IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Goes together very fast and easy. Perfect with Caesar salad on the side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, do-ahead if necessary, and delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
Used ground turkey, and it was still good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was SO good! The only change I made was that I cooked the onions in olive oil, not butter. It makes a LOT and is absolutely great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great dish. It was fun, fast, and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had been skeptical in the past in regards to trying any pasta recipes. I ran across this recipe and it seemed easy and sounded good so I figured I would give it a shot. I am so glad that I took the chance because this recipe is so delicious. Instead of 2 lbs. of Ground Turkey I alternated to 1lb. ground turkey and 1 lb. of italian sausage. Now everyone keeps asking me to make it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it and it was increadibly easy to make!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very good, but mine got a little hard around the edges. item not reviewed by moderator and published
east to follow, cheap ingeridnets and tastes great item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was wonderful.It was mouth watering just watching. Raven was right, we do need smell-o-vision item not reviewed by moderator and published
I watched the show with Rachel Ray and Raven-Symone. Her Baked Ziti looked just delicious. I've always enjoyed my Mother's Baked Ziti, but never one time have I watched her perpare it. I just know my Mom's ziti is INCREDIBLE!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasted so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for our Bible study group and every bit of it was gone! This has found a permanent home in my recipe album! Only thing I will change is to add a little more sauce, it tends to dry out a bit during baking. Great job Raven! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipies was great and i also really hope that raven symone comes on 3o minute meals again item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was pretty easy to make and so good! It's great if you're feeding a large group. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a fast and easy dish to make and it was really good. Not only did I use the turkey meat I added turkey sausage as well not a lot just enough to taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter and I saw Raven and Rachel make this on her show. My daughter then decided that we absolutely had to make it for a dinner party. This was the easiest dish to make and it was a big hit with my friends! If you are looking for quick and delicious, this is the recipe for you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I baked this ziti New Year's Eve night for my husband and I,we invited close friends of ours over for dinner and they absolutely loved it. Everyone went back for seconds. This was my first time making ziti and it turned out delicious. It was quick and easy. Taste like it took alot of time to make but I was done in a "flash." item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, Raven sure knows how to cook! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought the dish was wonderful in fact after the show i ran out to the store and bought stuff to make it .. thumbs up Raven and Rachel item not reviewed by moderator and published
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