Sharon’s Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti |

Ziti all mixed up and ready to go into the oven.


Baked Ziti

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 60 minutes


  • Two Boxes of Prince Ziti (1 lb. packages at 99 cents each)
  • One pound of ground beef (on sale for $1.99)
  • One Jar of Prego Pasta Sauce (26 – 28 oz. on sale for $1.50)
  • One 8 oz. Bag of Shredded cheese mix -Mozzarella and cheddar ($1.89)
  • Oregano (optional)


  • Prepare Pasta as directed on box. Start frying the ground beef. When both are cooked, drain pasta, then return it to its pan.
  • To this, add sauce and beef.  Mix together.
  • I use a rectangular, glass, lasagna pan. There is no need to grease this first. Just carefully pour the pasta-mixture into the pan and spread it out to fit. It will overflow if you are not careful.
  • Once you have this all set in the pan, top with cheese, as if you were making pizza. (You can also sprinkle oregano over this is you would like.)
  • Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for around 20 – 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Total cost – $7.36

Bonus – I was able to find a package of red, seedless grapes on sale for $2.00. I served this in a decorative bowl at the table, along with our pasta.

Leftovers anyone? – This provided good size portions for all of us. It also makes a good leftover meal. Sometimes, I will prepare this in the morning, wrap it up with aluminum foil, and store it in the fridge. My teens and husband can help themselves for a few days, when no one has time to cook, or when they just want a late night meal.

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My mom and I have made this for years. We add a container of nonfat cottage cheese to extend it further,and to add more calcium, which our family needs since we’re not milk drinkers.

I have made a similar recipe for years. I’ve used many different kinds of dry pasta. I also saute a green pepper and onion and then add in my ground beef to brown in the same skillet. This recipe also works well and is easy to make two pans at the same time. Bake one and prepare the other in a disposable aluminum pan cover with foil and freeze. Thanks for all of your great recipes and tips!!!

I add whole milk ricotta cheese and omit the shredded cheese and beef for a vegetarian night(not vegan due to the dairy). We often make this meal without using the oven- just cooking on the stove. I stopped baking with glass pyrex- our local abc network here on Long Island did a report on a Consumer Reports investigation regarding exploding glass pyrex and anchor hocking pans. I usually cook frozen chopped broccoli as a side with this meal( I mix my broccoli in with my ziti ). I use a half of a small container of ricotta cheese with one box of ziti and the whole container with two boxes.

I love the idea of 5 dollar dinners. I wish it was that simple for me. I live 200 miles away from the nearest wal-mart, and my local store charges double because they are the only grocery store and it serves 4 towns. But even if I have to pay alittle more, I love your recipes.