If you have been reading here for awhile, you know I have three kids, and a very busy schedule. Types of casseroles are an important dinner option for me since they can be made ahead. Casseroles only need to bake in the oven when it’s time to cook dinner, so they are super convenient. This makes prep convenient with my schedule, and it makes feeding my family a home-cooked meal even easier.
My kids love pasta; don’t most kids? Since pasta is a huge hit at my house, and quite possibly yours, a casserole version is key on busy days. My homemade baked ziti recipe is both easy to make, and well loved by pasta-loving children. That’s win-win!
Homemade baked ziti is an easy and delicious casserole you can make on the spot, or ahead of time when your schedule gets the best of you. So without further ado, here is my homemade baked ziti recipe with instructions. I hope you love it as much as my kids do!
Homemade baked ziti ingredients:
- 1 lb. Ziti pasta (you can substitute penne if your market doesn’t carry ziti)
- 1 jar Rao’s Marinara (you can make your own, or use another brand, but this is the most authentic on the market, in my opinion-my ancestors are from Italy, so my family is used to authentic Italian food)
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- Sliced provolone cheese
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¾ cup mozzarella
- 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage, cook before mixing into casserole. (can substitute 1 pound ground beef and 1 pound ground pork if you don’t like sausage)
Homemade baked ziti cooking instructions:
Step 1: Cook pasta
Step 2: Mix pasta together with sauce and meat in a mixing bowl.
Step 3: Pour half of the mozzarella into the bowl and mix together.
Step 4: Pour half of the pasta mixture into the casserole dish.
Step 5: Cover the pasta mixture with the remainder of mozzarella cheese.
Step 6: Pour the last half of the pasta mixture on top.
Step 7: Smooth out the top of the casserole with a wooden spoon.
Step 8: Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of the casserole.
Step 9: Layer provolone cheese slices on top of Parmesan cheese.
Step 10: Top the casserole with green onions.
Bake 35 minutes at 350. Remove from the oven, serve, and enjoy!
There you have it! A really easy casserole the whole family can enjoy. It makes about twelve servings, so there is a good chance you will have plenty of leftovers to eat on another busy day, or bring to work for lunch. I hope you and your family, friends, etc love this homemade baked ziti recipe too!
Thanks for stopping by, and manjia tutti!