Z’s Baked Ziti {your recipes}


On our first night in the suburbs, our dear friends, Mark and Emi, invited us over for dinner.  Mark had spent the afternoon making Baked Ziti, one of my all-time favorite dishes.

Because I love Mark and Emi … and because I love me some Baked Ziti, I asked him if I could include his recipe as part of my Your Recipes series. He kindly obliged.
Now without further adieu, here is Z’s Ziti. { Did I forget to mention that we’re calling it Z’s Ziti? Because we are. So make sure for all future reference this ziti will be forever known as Z’s Ziti. Oh just go with it people. }


1 box ziti
1 jar Newman’s Own Sockarooni
1 jar 5 cheese (Alfredo) sauce
1, 8 0z pkg shredded mozarella
1, 8oz pkg ricotta
1 box frozen chopped spinach
1 lb ground sirloin, chuck, beef (whatever you can easily find at the store)
2 red peppers, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
ground pepper

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Defrost the spinach
Sautee the onion and red peppers in butter or olive oil and season to taste.
Brown the sirloin in a larger pan and also season to taste
Once the meat in browned, mix in the peppers and onions
Use 3/4 jar of each sauce and mix it in with the meat/peppers/onions and bring to boil. Mix often
Simmer that mixture for 20 minutes and still mix often

While that is simmering, boil 3/4 package of the ziti. When finished, drain

In a separate bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, some ground pepper, 3/4 package of the spinach, and 1/2 package of the mozzarella cheese

When the mixture is done simmering, use a very large bowl and mix the ziti with the meat sauce

In a baking pan, use 1/2 of the meat/pasta mixture and spread it across the bottom of the pan
Use all of the ricotta cheese mixture and spread it over the meat/pasta mixture
Use the remaining meat/pasta mixture and spread it over the ricotta cheese mixture
Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese on top

Bake at 350 for 1 hour

And as always, have a seat and enjoy.



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15 responses to “Z’s Baked Ziti {your recipes}

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  2. Dionne Baldwin

    That looks AMAZING. I’m glad you shared this. The Sockarooni sounds interesting lol. 🙂

  3. Amy

    Pasta, meat, spinach, cheese – how can you go wrong? Looks so good!
    Oh, and I love the plate. Light blue and brown are one of my favorite color combos.

    • Exactly. Oh Amy, you’ll be seeing a lot of these plates. They get photographed a lot. I’m thinking I need to buy some white dishes to change it up a bit…

  4. rhooby

    i’ll have a bite of that, thank you.

  5. yum yum. can’t wait to make this one! thanks for sharing

  6. It looks delicious! Although I don’t know if they sell Sockarooni sauce in Sydney supermarkets. I’ll have a little look around next time I’m there.

  7. I’m making this this week!

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  12. Josephine

    Ricotta wasn’t listed on the ingredient list but it was in the instructions. How much Ricotta do I use? What is the suggested alfredo sauce?

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