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Now & Later Baked Ziti

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 12 people
  • calories: 512 1 serving

Ziti, sautéed beef and onion, Prego® Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce and cheeses are combined to bake and serve now or to freeze to bake later.


cost per recipe: $18.46

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 7 1/2 cups Prego® Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce
  • 9 cups cooked tube shaped pasta (ziti), drained
  • 12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Tips

    • Tip: To make ahead and freeze, prepare the ziti as directed above but do not bake. Cover the pans with foil and freeze. Bake the frozen ziti, uncovered, at 350°F. for 1 hour or until it's hot. Or, thaw the ziti in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then bake, uncovered, at 350°F. for 45 minutes or until it's hot.
    • Serving Suggestion: Serve with zucchini cut into thinly sliced ribbons (use vegetable peeler) and sautéed in olive oil. Sprinkle with grated parmesan. For dessert serve lemon sorbet with a mint sprig.
  • Step 1

    Cook the beef and onion in an 8-quart saucepot over medium high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat.

  • Step 2

    Stir the sauce, ziti and 2 cups mozzarella cheese in the saucepot. Spoon the beef mixture into 2 (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2-inch) disposable foil pans. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

  • Step 3

    Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes or until the beef mixture is hot and the cheese is melted.


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  • Quick & Easy!

    Jerrika C.
    July 19, 2013

    This recipe was great for me and my daughter. She was in love with this quick and easy meal. Since its only the two of us, I used 5 cups of ziti instead of 9. I added shredded cheddar cheese anlong with the mozzarella and its was GREAT!

    **sides; sweet baby corn and broccoli !

  • Great for a family get together.

    November 9, 2012

    Loved the recipe! I used pepperoni and italian suasage instead of ground beef. Yummy!

  • Now & Later Baked Ziti

    Shannon N.
    November 11, 2011

    Great recipe. My husband loved it so did my daughter.I would make it again. Delicious!

  • Now & Later Baked Ziti

    October 16, 2011

    Pretty good recipe. I have made this several times and my family always enjoys it.

  • Now & Later Baked Ziti

    October 13, 2011

    Very easy to make and delicious! It makes a LOT of pasta, so I will make this next time I have family over. My husband and I had a salad, sweet Italian sausage, and garlic bread as sides. My husband LOVED it!

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    Calories 512
    Total Fat 19 g
    Sat. Fat 8.2 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 75 mg
    Sodium 887 mg
    Total Carb 49 g
    Dietary Fiber 5 g
    Sugar 12 g
    Added Sugars 3 g
    Protein 31 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 20 %DV
    Iron 20 %DV
    Potassium 17 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.