Baked Ziti

Jules —  August 24, 2005

I made this dish for dinner tonight and it ocurred to me that I should post the recipe!!!! I’ve only made this recipe a few times but when I do the whole family gobbles it up! The provolone cheese and sour cream make it stand out from among all the other various pasta dishes. It has a five star rating with 1390 reviews at All Recipes.

I discovered something really cool on that sight today. I went to make my grocery list and I decided to get on the My Recipes section where I store the recipes I want to make again. (It’s real easy to sign up for an account.) I picked several recipes and clicked Shopping list and Print and it printed me up a neato shopping list of the ingredients I need!! It catergorized them for me and everything! It even has little boxes beside each item to check them off the list! How fun is that?!!

1 pound dry ziti pasta
1 onion, chopped
1 pound lean ground beef
2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
1 1/2 cups sour cream
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

“I am not a glutton – I am an explorer of food” Erma Bombeck



42 responses to Baked Ziti

  1. It tastes better than it looks. :eek

  2. :indeed
    Jules that looks delicious, I will try it this weekend.
    “I love your recipe site”.
    last week I made Ian that Crab and swiss cheese Quiche and he loved it. Ian says it is like spongebob’s crabby patties.
    He loves Grandma Tootsies Crabby Patties,”or so he says”, he hates my crabby patties but he loved that Crab swiss cheese quiche.

  3. Is that recipe off that site? Where’d you get it?

    Crabby patties!!!! I guess I need to try making some of those!! šŸ˜€

  4. Grandma Tootsie’s crabby patties are actually Salmon Patties.
    1 Can Pink Salmon
    1 Small onion
    2 handfuls of crackers ground in palm
    1 Egg
    2 1/2 egg shell of milk

    Mix all together, drop hand made pattie in palm of hand in small amount of oil. Do not cook to fast, brown on both sides, drain on paper towels :

    Can also be served with creamed peas on top.

    I know your :rotfl at my recipes but most are my own. I can’t help it.

    I also developed a new recipe for chicken and home made noodles.
    boil whole chicken just covered in water till done. Take chicken out of broth and let cool enough to debone. Set aside. Pour 1/3 of broth into a separate pan, set aside. Add carrots, onion, celery,& fresh mushrooms amounts to your choice and cook till done.

    Homemade Noodles
    Serving 6-7 people

    2 eggs beaten in bowl by hand
    1/2 egg shell oil
    flour to make a soft dough. Lay on pile of flour and flatten by hand and roll out thin, keeping it floured as not to stick to counter or pin. Roll up (keeping small amout of flour on top) cut off 1/4 inch cuts. Undo each and let lay to dry out some.

    When veg. are done add Noodles a few at a time, do not over stir,Cook until noodles are set up add chicken and 1 can of Cream of mushroom soup, fresh mushrooms if not already added. If sauce to thick use reserve broth to thin down. Ian loved this also, and so did the granddaughters and step son.
    Reserve broth can be frozen and used for seasoning another recipe. Stop :rotfl it’s good

  5. Well somewhere I left out. Cook onions, Baby carrots in broth till done. Then add noodles small amounts at a time,.
    You want this a sauce consistensy.
    Aunt Tootsie

  6. well, :rolleyes I give up, it was there. Have a problem ask me. :oops

  7. Looks delish and that’s a really cool function on that website!

    On an unrelated note, Mary showed me your new business card James and it looks great!

  8. Jules the Quiche is on your recipe site.

    I just searced a few weeks ago under quiche and found the crab and swiss cheese quiche. Ian loves it and he loves swiss cheese.
    I think I try to cook everything with Sponge Bob in mind lately, that way he eats it
    :rotfl :rotfl
    Ian’s NANA made him a cream soda and vanilla ice cream float and now I have to make that at least once a week.
    This weekend Mark wants Root Beer floats for his birthday so him and Ian will be sick from sweets.

  9. Tootsie, why would we laugh at your recipes? I am sure they are scrumptous! I’ll give them a try but I doubt they will taste as good as you make them! :)

    I love your brown gravy. What is it you use? Kitchen Bouquet?

  10. Mom:
    I dont have time to De bone, can I cook plain chicken pieces and add a little chicken broth??? :eek :rolleyes šŸ˜€ :angel

  11. MMMmmmmmmmm… cream floats, yum. I am in the mood for sweets. šŸ˜€ šŸ˜€

    Tell Mark, “Happy Birthday” for me.

  12. James is very proud of his business cards. :cool

  13. I just realized you measure the milk in egg shells to make the crabby patties!!!! Your years of cooking experience are showing!!

    I wish I was good at creating dishes. I have to have a recipe most of the time. :oops

  14. This is a great recipe, Jules. I’ve made it a couple times after you guys loved it so much and it truly is great! I need to make it again.

    I’ll have to try that shopping list function. That would be great.

    Hey, can you take a picture of James’ new business card? I would love to see it, too.

  15. Yes you can use boneless skinless chicken and broth, but the can broth and mushroom soup are a lot of sodium. Buy lower sodium marked cans if you do. Besides anything bought other than whole chicken has less flavor. :puke

  16. Julie, I brown my roasts in a pressure cooker pan with a little lard or shortening(uncovered) till it nearly appears burned on both sides, then I add water and pressure cook or finish in the oven. But you must use all the brown stuff in the bottom or even soak loose with touch of water and keep.
    I don’t use Kitchen bouquet. :cool

  17. Don’t forget to add onions when your browning or ready to finish cooking, AIN’T no good without onion’s.

  18. I said red salmon above, I use pink salmon. sorry :oops

  19. I fixed it! :angel

  20. Mom:
    I dont like the smiley face you used to answer me…………………………..

  21. I’m sorry KANDI, that was not a referral to you. It was meant to be a referral to canning co’s taking a lot of taste out. I think Swansons has a pretty good product. Try their broth.

  22. OOOOOOOOOHHHH mom I was just teasing.

  23. Man, am I getting hungry, just from reading this site, and I just finished dinner. Wish I had some red soda, I’d make myself one of those right now. That Baked Ziti sure looks good nuff to try soon. I haven’t made any of that brown gravey for a long time, will have to do that again soon. You can also brown a roast on top the stove, like Marlis said get it real brown, not burnt, on each side, then add water, season, onions and cook til done. Yummy!!! James bring some of your business cards to the Reunion Sept. 10, I want one, please. :cool

  24. Yummmmmm….this ziti dish looks good. I’m making it tonight. Don’t have ziti, provolone or hamburger so I’m using rotini noodles, cheddar, and chicken. Basically a whole new dish. We’ll see what happens with all the substituting! Sometimes it works, sometimes not. :puke šŸ˜‰

  25. Julie your recipe looks mighty good too. I’m definitly going to try it.

  26. While I am reading all this, guess what my kiddo’s are watching?
    I must be in the crab capital, a lot of my patients come in saying, “well, we were out crabbin’ and I had chest pain”
    Crabbin must be stressful… :(

  27. James,
    I would like a couple of business cards as well.
    My neighbor next door is in the counter top business and he knows your Dads company.
    His name is Ted F.
    But I would like a couple of cards anyway.

  28. Word to the wise–stick the the recipe!! I changed it–didn’t work. My family didn’t like the chicken in the dish, and I think it needed the zip of provolone cheese (although I put extra parmesian). What can I say….I had chicken leftover to use up, so I tried to be creative. Now we have leftover baked chicken rotini. :(

  29. Oops, that’s supposed to say “Stick TO the recipe!”

  30. Hey Trish,
    Crab legs are delicious. Watching Sponge Bob is addictive as well. Every morning we hum the spongebob theme when we are getting ready for work and school.
    Ian loves Sponge Bob cartoon and Camp Lazlo cartoon oh, and I forgot Fosters Home for Imaginary friends.

  31. I’ll try to get some cards out to everyone.

  32. I find myself humming the kid’s favorite cartoons theme songs, it’s very disturbing to me, walking around work singing “my name is Shana, rhymes with banana!” or “Dora, Dora, Dora the explorer”, it must be subconciously calming, in a crazy work environment.

  33. What is everyone doing or staying for the reunion?????

  34. Sorry, Kandi, we’re not able to make it–Steve’s working that weekend and we couldn’t get vacation time changed. But hope you all have a great time!

  35. We aren’t going to make it either :cry
    Kandi, you will be sent to represent us, do you job well, we are counting on you!
    Love ya šŸ˜

  36. We will be there but obviously we don’t have to find a place to stay.

    That is also Anjelia’s 2nd birthday! :love

  37. I remember my mom singing the Scooby Doo theme song while she did housework.

  38. I don’t watch Sponge Bob, but I’m coming to the reunion, and will probably do what they have lined out in the letter I just got. Did you get yours Kandi? We are going down Fri. I’m hoping it will be fun, should be. šŸ˜‰


  40. Well, I m a day late, but I’m here. Kandi you sent me an email and then did’nt wait for my reply. We have a room at the hotel in town where everyone else is staying. I think we will have a lot of fun and I’m bringing my hip packing camera.
    I want to go by and see Catherine and Wayne also.
    Se ya all!!!! šŸ˜‰

  41. I will represent the Tennessee Family as best as I can. Trish, I dont even remember where you are at, but I will represent you with honor.
    Kandis :angel

  42. Kelli tried the lobster bisque and bourbon chicken from the recipe site and she said they were really good. I’m headed to that site now! Need some new idea!