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Freezer-friendly Baked Ziti

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Baked Ziti

Freezer-friendly Baked Ziti

Our favorite recipe to freeze is Baked Ziti. This recipe can be made in one 13 x 9” glass casserole dish or 5 separate 3.5 cup volume food storage containers. It makes 10 hearty servings and could be stretched to more if you needed it.

The thing we loved best about this recipe is its flexibility especially when our local stores aren’t stocked as they normally are. We had shredded Colby Jack on-hand that worked well and even threw in Swiss cheese for a sample batch that came out delicious. You can also swap out the pasta for what you have. We couldn’t find traditional ziti at the store and used rigatoni, you could also use Penne. The ground beef can be substituted with ground sausage which is what we had to do when ground beef wasn’t available.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Serves: 12



  1. Preheat oven to 375° F
  2. Coat 13 x 9” glass casserole dish or 5 – 3.5 cup glass food containers with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown ground meat, and onion. Drain off any excess liquid.
  4. Add Marinara sauce and San Marzano tomatoes to pan with browned meat. Stir and bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Use a wooden spoon to break up tomatoes.
  5. In large pasta pot, add salt to the water and come to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, egg, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Layer the ingredients in your dish(es) starting with the sauce, then pasta, then ricotta sauce, more of the sauce, then another layer of pasta and top with the mozzarella and Colby Jack cheese.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown on top and bubbly. (When heating from frozen, make sure to check the center to make sure that it is done. The dish can bubble on the sides and still be cold in the center.)