Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti


The perfect weeknight dinner does, indeed, exist.

Bowl of lasagna-style baked ziti sitting on a tea towel.
Photo: Petrina Tinslay
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 serves


  • 12 ounces ziti (about 4 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ pound lean ground beef

  • kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 26-ounce jar marinara sauce

  • 1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed (about 4 cups)

  • ½ cup ricotta

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)

  • 1 cup grated mozzarella (4 ounces)


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain it and return it to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.

  3. Add the beef, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

  4. Toss the pasta with the meat mixture, marinara sauce, spinach, ricotta, and ¼ cup of the Parmesan.

  5. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or 4 large ramekins. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and the remaining ¼ cup of the Parmesan. Bake until the cheese melts, 12 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

792 Calories
30g Fat
93g Carbs
41mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 792
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 1765mg 77%
Total Carbohydrate 93g 34%
Protein 41g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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