Baked Ziti Recipes

Our baked ziti recipe is a dish all cooks should have in their repertoire. Baked macaroni dishes like ziti combine cooked pasta with a sauce, vegetable, and/or meat -- and plenty of cheese. All the ingredients are layered or tossed into a casserole dish and baked in the oven for less than an hour. It's a versatile dish that can be adapted in so many ways, including adding leftovers.

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Baked Ziti with Crunchy Italian Salad and Garlic Bread

Rating: 3.5 stars 498
The classic Italian supper comes together remarkably quickly -- garlic bread bakes alongside the ziti, and a green salad is tossed in mere minutes.

Baked Ziti with Ground Beef

Rating: 4 stars 54
This savory "cake" is packed with pasta, meaty tomato sauce, and cheese. A springform pan allows it to hold its shape. It takes only a few minutes to pack the ziti into the pan for this dish.

Creamy Baked Ziti

Cream cheese is the secret to the silky sauce in this vegetarian baked pasta dish, while mozzarella and Parmesan create a golden bubbling crust on top.

Baked Ziti with Sausage

Rating: 3.5 stars 597
This recipe makes two pans of pasta. Serve one tonight, and keep the other in the freezer for up to three months.

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Baked Bow-Tie Pasta with Mozzarella

Rating: 3 stars 32
This family-friendly pasta dish made with bow-tie pasta, chicken sausage, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan is absolutely batty. It comes together it under one hour, so you can get dinner on the table in a flash before trick-or-treating begins.

Speedy Baked Ziti

This quick baked ziti is a weeknight winner dinner. Everything bakes in the same skillet that is used to make the quick sausage ragu, which translates to much less time and effort (and one fewer dish to clean).

Baked Ziti with Sausage and Bechamel

There's a reason baked ziti is such a standby family supper. It's comforting, filling, and all-round delicious. In our ultimate version, the pasta is stirred into a sausage-studded tomato sauce, then layered, like lasagna, between nutmeg-scented béchamel sauce and Parmigiano-Reggiano and mozzarella cheeses. 

Baked Rigatoni

Rating: 3 stars 147
This hearty pasta dish comes from John Barricelli, the manager of our prep kitchen at the television studio. It can be made the day before and reheated.

Patsy's Rigatoni Sorrentino

Rating: 3 stars 60
This delicious recipe is courtesy of Sal Scognomillo.

Pasta Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 93
Let them eat "cake" for dinner: Layers of pasta join vegetables and cheese in a fresh take on lasagna that is as easy to make as it is to enjoy eating.