I don’t have a lot to say about this dish except that it’s delicious!! I’m all about cooking things that don’t take a lot of time to make and require minimal work! I’m a big fan of www.allrecipes.com/, which is where I found this Ziti recipe, and it was definitely tasty! It had never really occurred to me to use sour cream in baked Ziti, but it actually made the dish really creamy and gooey (and who doesn’t love that?!). This one’s definitely a keeper…

Baked Ziti

Adapted from allrecipes.com

1 (16 ounce) package dry ziti pasta
1 pound lean ground beef (I used ground turkey)
1 onion, chopped (I omitted this and used onion powder)
2 (28 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
6 ounces sliced provolone cheese
6 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

I also added a clove of minced garlic for a little extra flavor

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat. Add onions; saute until tender. Drain off fat and add spaghetti sauce; simmer for about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a lightly greased 2 quart baking dish, place about half of the pasta; top with a layer of provolone and mozzarella cheese slices. Spread on a layer of half the spaghetti sauce mixture and sour cream.
Cover with remaining pasta, cheese and sauce; sprinkle a layer of Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.
Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly; serve.



  1. YUM! Perfect for when those non-foodies come to dinner, right?!?! 😉


    Comment by hornedfroggy — April 16, 2008 @ 2:12 PM

  2. Wow, this looks incredible!


    Comment by Amber — April 17, 2008 @ 6:29 AM

  3. this post totally reminded me that I love baked ziti!! Isn’t funny how we can forget those things….there are just so many things to eat and so little time! thanks!


    Comment by mary — April 18, 2008 @ 7:41 AM

  4. I’m with you on making good tasty meals with minimal work. This dish looks amazing.


    Comment by dawn — April 29, 2008 @ 10:03 AM

  5. This baked ziti looks so good. I tried the recipe from How to boil water? with Tyler Florence 3 years ago and it came out superbed. Shared it with lunch time companions and it was a hit.


    Comment by june — May 2, 2008 @ 5:14 PM

  6. Amy…I made this for my Mom when she was here this past week. It was FABULOUS! Not only did it taste delicious, it looked amazing! 🙂 I think it’d be a great meal to take to people too because it wasn’t difficult to make and is perfect comfort food! 🙂


    Comment by Amy — May 5, 2008 @ 8:17 AM

  7. Great looking site! The recipe looks good too:)


    Comment by Brian — January 18, 2009 @ 8:58 AM

  8. I love this recipe! Baked Ziti has become a regular dish in our house 🙂


    Comment by Ashley — April 14, 2009 @ 9:31 AM

  9. Made this for dinner and it as FANTASTIC!! Was surprised how the sour cream took on a ricotta like substance. So good – will for sure make again.

    Thanks – love your site!


    Comment by Carly — April 27, 2009 @ 4:11 AM

  10. Made this for dinner tonight, it was amazing! I will make this again for sure!
    Thank you for sharing!


    Comment by Jessica — February 1, 2011 @ 7:30 PM

  11. Thank you, Jessica! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂


    Comment by amy — February 1, 2011 @ 7:31 PM

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