Now & Later Baked Ziti

Serving Size: 12
Prep Time:
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  • 2 Pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 7.5 cup Prego® Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce
  • 9 cup tube-shaped pasta (ziti), cooked and drained
  • 12 Ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (about 3 cups)
  • 0.5 cup grated parmesan cheese


Cook the beef and onion in an 8-quart sauce pot over medium high heat until the beef is well browned, stirring often to break up the meat. Pour off any fat.

Stir the sauce, ziti and 2 cups mozzarella cheese in the sauce pot. Spoon the beef mixture into 2 (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2-inch) disposable foil pans. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes or until the beef mixture is hot and the cheese is melted.

Tip: To make ahead and freeze, prepare the ziti as directed above but do not bake. Cover the pans with foil and freeze. Bake the frozen ziti, uncovered, at 350°F. for 1 hour or until it's hot. Or, thaw the ziti in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then bake, uncovered, at 350°F. for 45 minutes or until it's hot.

Serving Suggestion: Serve with zucchini cut into thinly sliced ribbons (use vegetable peeler) and sautéed in olive oil. Sprinkle with grated parmesan. For dessert serve lemon sorbet with a mint sprig.