Johanneck Family Recipes

Baked Ziti

12 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour

total time


2 tbsp. olive oil

1 whole large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb. Italian sausage

1 lb. ground beef

1 (28-oz.) can whole tomatoes, with juice

2 (14.5-oz.) cans tomato sauce or marinara sauce

2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

16 oz. ziti or mostaccioli, cooked until not quite al dente

15 oz. whole milk ricotta cheese

1 1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, grated and divided

1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

1 egg

Freshly chopped parsley


Heat the olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and sauté for several minutes, or until starting to soften. Add the Italian sausage and ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off the fat, leaving a bit behind for flavor and moisture.

Add the tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. After that time, remove 3 to 4 cups of the sauce to a bowl to cool down.

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

To a separate bowl, add the ricotta cheese, 2 cups of grated mozzarella, parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper. Stir together just a couple of times (do not mix completely).

Drain the pasta and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking and cool it down. Pour the cooked pasta into the bowl with the cheese mixture and toss to slightly combine (there should still be large lumps). Add the cooled meat sauce and toss to combine.

Add half of the coated pasta to a large casserole dish. Spoon half of the remaining sauce over the top, then top with half of the remaining mozzarella cheese. Repeat with another layer of the coated pasta, sauce, and mozzarella. Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle chopped parsley over the pasta before serving!


Serving Size




Total Fat

39 g

Saturated Fat

19 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat

1 g


138 mg


1164 mg

Total Carbohydrate

38 g

Dietary Fiber

4 g

Total Sugars

7 g


36 g

12 servings


15 minutes

active time

1 hour

total time
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