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Ziti with Bolognese Sauce and Cheese

Indulge in the comforting and savory flavors of Italy with our Ziti with Bolognese Sauce and Cheese recipe. This hearty dish combines al dente ziti pasta, rich Bolognese sauce, and a generous helping of melted cheese for a truly satisfying meal that's perfect for any occasion.
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Ziti with Bolognese Sauce and Cheese is a classic Italian-American comfort dish that brings together the goodness of pasta, a flavorful meat sauce, and the creamy, gooey delight of melted cheese. This dish is a crowd-pleaser and makes for an excellent family dinner or a comforting treat for yourself.


12 ounces (340g) ziti pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound (450g) ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 30 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Cook the ziti pasta according to the package instructions until it's al dente. Drain and set aside.


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.


Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it into small pieces with a spoon or spatula. Cook until the meat is browned and no longer pink. Drain any excess fat if necessary.


Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, and let the sauce simmer for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.


Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).


In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked ziti pasta and the Bolognese sauce. Mix thoroughly to ensure the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce.


Transfer half of the pasta and sauce mixture to a baking dish. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the pasta. Add the remaining pasta and sauce, and top with the remaining cheese.


Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the edges are golden brown.


Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Garnish with fresh basil leaves if desired.

Tips for this recipe

For a twist on this classic recipe, try adding a layer of ricotta cheese between the pasta and Bolognese sauce layers. It adds a creamy texture and extra richness to the dish.

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