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Baked Ziti

Amanda Cooks & Styles
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ziti pasta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup celery thinly sliced
  • 2 roma tomatoes diced
  • 2 cup spinach stems removed
  • 1/2 lg. onion chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella grated
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated



  • In a cast iron skillet (or an oven safe skillet), over medium heat, add olive oil, ground beef, onion, celery, salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally until beef is browned and veggies are soft.
  • Add diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, garlic, basil, and oregano. Cover and continue to cook over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are soft. Add two cups of spinach and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, covered, until spinach is cooked down.
  • Add tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers and stir to combine. Cover and cook for 15 more minutes to let the flavors develop into the sauce.
  • While the pasta sauce is cooking, cook ziti pasta according to package instructions for "al dente".
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Toss cooked ziti into your finished sauce and stir to combine. Top with grated mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15-17 minutes, until top is nice and golden. Then remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!
Keyword baked ziti, pasta