Now & Later Baked Ziti

  • Prep15 min.
  • Total45 min.
  • serv 12

Ziti, sautéed beef and onion, Prego® Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce and cheeses are combined to bake and serve now or to freeze to bake later.

POSTED IN: Dinner, Popular, Quick & Easy, Tomato Sauce


  • 2

    pound ground beef

  • 1

    large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

  • 7 1/2

    cup Prego® Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce

  • 9

    cup tube shaped pasta (ziti), cooked and drained

  • 12

    ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (about 3 cups)

  • 1/2

    cup grated Parmesan cheese


    • 1

      Cook the beef and onion in an 8-quart saucepot over medium high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat.

    • 2

      Stir the sauce, ziti and 2 cups mozzarella cheese in the saucepot. Spoon the beef mixture into 2 (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2-inch) disposable foil pans. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

    • 3

      Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes or until the beef mixture is hot and the cheese is melted.

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Tip: To make ahead and freeze, prepare the ziti as directed above but do not bake. Cover the pans with foil and freeze. Bake the frozen ziti, uncovered, at 350°F. for 1 hour or until it's hot. Or, thaw the ziti in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then bake, uncovered, at 350°F. for 45 minutes or until it's hot.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with zucchini cut into thinly sliced ribbons (use vegetable peeler) and sautéed in olive oil. Sprinkle with grated parmesan. For dessert serve lemon sorbet with a mint sprig.