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Easy Four Cheese Baked Ziti Recipe | Freezer Friendly

Easy 4 Cheese Baked Ziti Recipe | Freezer-Friendly

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES

cook time: 25 MINUTES

total time: 55 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz. bags Ziti Noodles
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups Prego spaghetti sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 10 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1

If serving right away, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook Ziti noodles as directed on the package - typically about 8 minutes.

3

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and sausage together. Drain any grease and add beef and sausage back to skillet. Add in diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.

4

Add noodles to Hefty Ez-Foil pans evenly. *Reminder that this batch makes enough to fill 2 pans.*

5

In each pan, add 2 eggs, 5 tablespoons of cream cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1 cup of Italian blended cheese. Stir until noodles are evenly coated.

6

Split spaghetti sauce mixture in half and pour half in one pan of noodles and the rest in the other pan making sure all noodles are covered with sauce. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and cover with foil.

7

Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. *If you are freezing, cover in foil two times. I have even covered the foil in plastic wrap to make sure it is sealed.*

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Spoonful of bake ziti

Calling all cheese and pasta lovers!

This Baked Ziti recipe is the perfect Italian dish if you are craving comfort food that the whole family will love.

Besides being such a simple Italian recipe that really anyone can make, the best part about this amazing dish is that you can FREEZE it to enjoy at a later time! There’s nothing better than grabbing a delicious meal like this right from your freezer and popping it into the oven after a long day of work or school!

From your favorite spaghetti sauce to the creamy cheese throughout every bite, everyone in your family will be asking for seconds! It is that good!

plate of baked ziti

This recipe makes enough to fill two Hefty Ez-Foil Casserole 9×12 Pans so you can have one for dinner and you can freeze the other pan for the upcoming week when you have a busy night ahead. My favorite meals have always been the ones I can take out of the freezer and put straight into the oven.

2 pans of baked ziti

Hip Tips:

  • If you are serving the Baked Ziti on the same day that you are preparing it, you will want to bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
  • If you are freezing to enjoy at a later time, you can do one of two things: (1) take it out of the freezer the morning of, place it in the refrigerator to thaw and then in the evening, place it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 mins. (2) If you forget to take it out of the freezer in advance, no worries! Just bake it for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • I like to sprinkle parsley or fresh basil on my Baked Ziti before serving it.
  • If you love veggies like I do, consider adding onions, mushrooms or even spinach to your Ziti mix! So yummy!!

ingredients for Baked Ziti

preparing baked ziti noodles and meat sauce

baked ziti pan


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Easy 4 Cheese Baked Ziti Recipe | Freezer-Friendly

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES

cook time: 25 MINUTES

total time: 55 MINUTES

This recipe is perfect for busy families as you can make it in under an hour and then freeze it to enjoy at a later date!

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz. bags Ziti Noodles
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups Prego spaghetti sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 10 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1

If serving right away, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook Ziti noodles as directed on the package - typically about 8 minutes.

3

In a large skillet, brown ground beef and sausage together. Drain any grease and add beef and sausage back to skillet. Add in diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.

4

Add noodles to Hefty Ez-Foil pans evenly. *Reminder that this batch makes enough to fill 2 pans.*

5

In each pan, add 2 eggs, 5 tablespoons of cream cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, and 1 cup of Italian blended cheese. Stir until noodles are evenly coated.

6

Split spaghetti sauce mixture in half and pour half in one pan of noodles and the rest in the other pan making sure all noodles are covered with sauce. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and cover with foil.

7

Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. *If you are freezing, cover in foil two times. I have even covered the foil in plastic wrap to make sure it is sealed.*

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fork with baked ziti on it

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Comments 23

  1. JulietteY

    Looks great for a family party! I like that you actually need to split the recipe in two pans. It would be easy to customize each pan. Thanks!

    • Lori

      Customizing each pan is a great idea! My guys always want different ingredients.

  2. Lori

    Lina, another winner! Making this tonite.

  3. Court!

    Perfect to feed the family and also bring to a new mama!

  4. anom

    Thanks for a great recipe. Looking forward to trying it. Is there a way to save certain topics of interest on the app like a ❤️ or favorites button?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Anom! Yes! You can save it by adding it to your “cookbook”. Hope this helps!

  5. Stephanie

    thank you. I might try this tonight for dinner. Might do half with meat and half without because my girls are vegetarians and my boys are not. LOL

  6. Heather

    How many Tablespoons of cream cheese are in an 8-oz. brick?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Heather! It looks like an 8 oz brick has about 16 tablespoons. Hope that helps!

      • Allison

        I found different results online. I found that (1) 8 oz. brick of cream cheese is 1 cup and there are 16 tablespoons per cup.

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Thanks, Allison! I’m seeing that now as well.

  7. Allison

    This looks awesome! I am having it and making it for dinner tonight! Looks kind of like lasagna ingredients but so much less work. Thanks so much!

  8. Allison

    Is that a 14.5 oz. Can of tomatoes?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes!

  9. Allison

    Can I get the opinion from everyone if you were adding veggies to this what kind of veggies would you add

    • Dee

      Mushrooms, diced peppers, black olives, onions

      • Allison

        Thanks a bunch!!

  10. Cherise Kachelmuss

    We have an egg allergy at home…what do the eggs do in this recipe? Do you think I can leave out?

    • Lori

      Yes you can leave the eggs out

    • *Angela-Miles*

      I bake this alot without eggs. I think it taste fine 🙂

  11. BrBa

    Yum! This looks great. My family <3's Baked Ziti. I follow the Ronzoni Baked Ziti recipe, which I'll paste below. It uses ricotta instead of cream cheese.

    Ingredients:
    8 oz Ronzoni® Ziti
    3/4 lb ground beef
    1 jar(24 oz.) pasta sauce
    1 container(15 oz.) ricotta cheese
    2 cups(8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
    1 tsp dried basil leaves
    1 tsp dried oregano
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp ground black pepper
    grated Parmesan cheese

    Cooking Directions:
    1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.

    2. Meanwhile, in large skillet over medium heat, brown meat until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in pasta sauce; simmer 10 minutes.

    3. In small bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese and seasonings; set aside.

    4. Toss hot cooked pasta with meat sauce.

    5. In a 13x9x2-inch baking dish, spoon one-half pasta mixture; spread cheese mixture over top. Layer with remaining pasta; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. (I garnish the top w/ some dried basil and oregano to make it look pretty)

    6. Cover loosely with foil; bake 25 minutes. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

  12. Chris

    Can this be made the evening before and refrigerated till the next evening’s meal then cooked in oven?

  13. Kristy

    Silly question…..do I cook both and freeze the one or don’t cook it and freeze it???

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