Kid-Approved Baked Ziti Recipe

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
October 29, 2014


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Our kids have a tendency to be somewhat picky eaters, so when we find a recipe they love, it’s a pretty great thing!  Tonight for dinner, my sister and I made Baked Ziti.  It was my first time ever making it and she’d made it before (although as a different recipe).  We wanted a recipe that was easy to make and that the family would love.  Well, we scored on this one!!  In fact, my oldest had three servings and all the kids were commenting on how good it was!  Here’s how to make it.

Kid-Approved Baked Ziti Recipe


– Package of Ziti Noodles
– 2 Jars Ragu Traditional Sauce
– 1 pound Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage
– 1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
– 8 oz Ricotta Cheese
– 4 cups (or more) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
– 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
– 1 egg, beaten


1 – Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 – Cook noodles in boiling water with olive oil added (to prevent noodles from sticking together) and until they are al dente (still somewhat chewy).  Once cooked, drain in sink.  Do not run cold water over the noodles.

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3 – Brown the Johnsonville Ground Italian Sausage in a pot and add Garlic Salt to taste.  I used about 1/4 tsp. of it.  Add 2 jars of Ragu Traditional Spaghetti Sauce to the pot and stir.

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4 – In a bowl, mix together the Ricotta Cheese, 3 cups of shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese, and 1 beaten egg.

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5 – In a 9×13 baking dish, spread a layer of meat sauce.  Add a layer of noodles to the sauce and mix.

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6 – Add the cheese mixture over the layer of noodles and spread.  Add more noodles.  Add remaining meat sauce.  Top with remaining cheese.

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7  – Place in oven for about 45 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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8 – Let stand for 5 minutes and serve with salad and bread.  It’s also great just by itself!!  Save leftovers to reheat the next day!

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Have you made Baked Ziti before?  What do you enjoy with yours?

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are mine.



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Shannon Gurnee is the author of Redhead Mom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

34 Responses to “Kid-Approved Baked Ziti Recipe”

  1. Caroline Hileman-Schaffer says:

    Yummy! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Rachel C says:

    Lots of cheese – looks great! Pasta with a green salad is probably my favorite meal.

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Uh, YUMMERS. So when I am back in Cali next summer, I am inviting myself and my family to your house for some of this.

  4. Baked Italian pasta is one of my favorite meals. I wish it agreed with me a little more.

  5. Pam says:

    This looks like a recipe my whole family would love. Baked pasta is one of our favorite dishes.

  6. Kristin says:

    This looks amazing. Made my mouth water. I’m going to have to save and try for myself.

  7. Mickey C says:

    We love baked ziti! Mine doesn’t look like this, though, so I’ll need to try your recipe. 🙂

  8. Dawn says:

    I’ve made baked ziti, and it was delicious. I love baked ziti. It’s delicious, and you really can’t mess it up.

  9. I’ve never made baked ziti before but I love eating it. This looks super simple to make.

  10. Theresa says:

    Yep, we are ziti lovers here! And it is even better the next day!

  11. Veronica says:

    My son would love this. It looks delicious and easy to make

  12. Stacie says:

    Baked ziti is always on the top of my comfort food list!

  13. Brett says:

    This is 1 of those recipes that everyone has a slight twist on, but no matter how it’s done is always amazing!

  14. That looks so yummy. I will make that for my family for sure!!

  15. Shell says:

    What an easy recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  16. This looks so yummy! My whole family would love this.

  17. Rosey says:

    I like to make baked ziti too. It’s great when company is over because everyone loves it (including kids, lie you said) and it feeds a ton!

  18. Lori T. says:

    A friend of mine just had a baby and I plan on taking her a meal this week. I think this is the meal that I’m going to take. It looks great and I’m certain her two year old will eat it!

  19. Emily says:

    My mom made a great ziti growing up too. My boys like it as well.

  20. Angela S says:

    The kids in my family would certainly eat that up. Baked ziti is a favorite around here.

  21. Debbie Welchert says:

    I’m definitely going to try this. My grandchildren are going to love this. Yummy!!!!

  22. So glad I came across this! I know what’s for dinner tonight now!

  23. This looks amazing! And quick and easy too!

  24. Liz Mays says:

    I definitely love baked ziti. I remember I craved that when I was pregnant so my hubs made it for all the time!

  25. Krystal says:

    I’ve never made baked ziti before! Though I think I should, this looks awesome!

  26. This looks so good. Thanks for sharing. We are huge pasta eaters in this house!

  27. Christie says:

    Baked ziti is a winner in our house. Pasta and cheese always go well with my kids 🙂

  28. Cynthia R says:

    We don’t have kids but I’m sure this baked ziti will be approved by me and my boyfriend, looks so good!

  29. This looks fantastic! I am totally going to make this for dinner tomorrow!

  30. Cindy Merrill says:

    If I’m not mistaken, it’s also possible to use a Vegan substitute sausage instead of the pork.

  31. Faryna says:

    My daughter loves those. Yum!

  32. Leela says:

    That looks so good. The ultimate comfort food 🙂

  33. Rachel says:

    This ziti was really good. So gooey and creamy

  34. Helen Swarts says:

    OMG!!!!!!! this was so easy and soooooooooooooooooo good!!!! I love pasta and this is one for my cook book. I’ll be making this again and again. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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