A hearty pasta dish recipe that’s easy to make, the whole family will enjoy and has hardly any clean up! Perfect for a weeknight meal!
**As I continue transferring posts that were over on my short lived food blog (The Hangry Baker)…this is one of my favorite recipes!
The way to my heart involves carbs and cheese. Seriously, who doesn’t love those two things?!
One Pot Baked Ziti has both…and more!
And if I continue to add to the list of things I love…it would have to be One Pot meals. The simplicity and the ease of cleanup is what I love, especially after chasing after two kids all day…the last thing I want to spend is more time in the kitchen messing with pots and pans!
But back to the dish…this hearty meal is a crowd pleaser and a family pleaser (for those of you who have picky kids!). You don’t need any special ingredients so I’ve found that this is a great dish to whip up on the weeknights.
One Pot Baked Ziti
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 8oz can of tomato sauce
- 1 14.5oz can of diced tomatoes
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
- ground pepper
- 3 cups water
- 12 ounces of Ziti or similar noodles
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan grated
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
In one large oven safe skillet or pan, heat up a dash of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once fully heated, brown ground beef.
Add in garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes
Then stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and Italian seasoning.
Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Pour in water and Ziti and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce to a low boil/simmer for 15 or so minutes or until Ziti is fully cooked and tender.
Stir in heavy cream, grated Parmesan and salt and pepper to taste. Top with Mozzarella and place in oven for 10-15 minutes.
*Optional - if you would like to brown the cheese more, turn your broiler on high for 30 seconds to a minute. Don't take your eyes off your dish as the cheese will brown quickly and burn if you aren't paying attention!
*This post originated on my former blog The Hangry Baker.