Lasagna Style Baked Ziti

When you are in a rush and want something utterly yummy for dinner, this is your meal ticket.

This baked pasta dish has all of the great flavors of lasagna, but takes only about 10 minutes to throw together before baking. It’s a good way to sneak some spinach into the little ones, too.

Definitely bake some of the ziti in ramekins, if you have some. It looks rustic and appealing. And it gives your husband some hot food to start on while you finish the photographs. :)

Lasagna Style Baked Ziti


1 lb ziti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 26-ounce jar marinara sauce
4 cups baby spinach
1 cup ricotta
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella


1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return it to the pot.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beef, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Toss the pasta with the meat mixture, marinara sauce, spinach, ricotta, and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, 2-quart souffle dish, or 4 large ramekins. (I had enough for a 13×9 inch pan and one large ramekin). Sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup of the Parmesan and bake until the cheese melts, 12 to 15 minutes.

Recipe slightly adapted from Playing House

Hey! It looks like someone is hiding inside there. Ziti Eyes!

I had one of those weird music moments yesterday.

I was running with a playlist that I had thrown together by just randomly dragging and dropping some music that I had recently gotten.

So, Rob St. John’s Your Phantom Limb comes on. LOVE that song.

Now here is the weird music moment.

The next song to play was The Young Republic’s ‘Girl In A Tree’ which has the lyric:

“He still feels you in bed just like a phantom limb”

Oooh…..gave me chills. I even was able to run faster.

Rob St. John-Your Phantom Limb (Toad Session)

You can listen to Rob St. John in a session on Toadcast #162. Check him out on Myspace.

Rob St. John’s new album is out next month on Song, By Toad Records. Can’t wait.

About 37 seconds into Girl In A Tree….Heaven. I love that kind of change up in a song. Blast this.

The Young Republic-Girl In A Tree

Check out The Young Republic on Myspace and buy their music here.


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3 Responses to Lasagna Style Baked Ziti

  1. Rick Beyer says:

    Hey! Made this the other night and it was delicious! I forgot to try the frezh mozzarella in chunks trick, but it was still excellent. The ricotta is a nice addition; we don’t have that too often. We ate in virtual darkness (by candle light), so the kids didn’t get toooo hung up on the spinach.

    • I’m so glad! Candles help a lot, don’t they?

      Whew…not too much red, no? I know the boys don’t dig food with much color. :)

      • Rick Beyer says:

        They split along well established lines. Finicky versus easily motivated. LD chowed down (he loved eating out of his own ramekin). BM saw red, identified spinach, and said he wasn’t hungry. No amount of Halloween candy would lure him.

        I ate 2+ servings.

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