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Baked Ziti Recipe with Ground Beef

User Rating 4 Star Rating (18 Reviews)


Ziti Bake

Ziti Bake

Photo: Diana Rattray
Baked ziti with ground beef, green pepper, onion, tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic powder, mozzarella cheese, and cooked ziti or macaroni.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (ground chuck or ground round)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped, about 1/2 cup
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or small clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces ziti or elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided


Sauté ground beef, onion, and green bell pepper in a large skillet until onion is tender and beef is lightly browned. Drain off excess fat; add tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir well; stir in ziti or elbow macaroni and 1 cup of the cheese; transfer to a 2 1/2-quart casserole. Top with the remaining cup of cheese. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
This baked ziti recipe serves 6.

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 5 out of 5
simpl to throw together, Member amberyates71

This was pretty simple to throw together for a hearty week night meal. I'm not much on Italian food but my kids love it! I used Italian sausage instead of ground beef. I didn't measure any spices as I never do. I agree that it does need an extra 8 oz can of tomato sauce. I will make this again. Thanks for sharing.

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