Yield: 20 servings

Best Baked Ziti for a Crowd

Best Baked Ziti Ever

Delicious party sized baked ziti with meat sauce, pasta, and 3 cheeses.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 2 pounds dry ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 cup chopped onion (frozen is fine)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 hot Italian sausage link, crumbled (optional)
  • 4 (26-ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 3/4 pound (12 oz) sliced provolone (not smoked)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 (16-oz) carton whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 pound (4 cups) mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2-1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 TB Italian seasoning (optional)


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, stir together ricotta, sour cream, egg & Italian seasoning.
  4. Spray one jumbo or two large aluminum foil pans with cooking spray.
  5. Layer ingredients as follows:
  6. Half of the sauce
  7. Half of the ziti
  8. Half of the Provolone cheese,
  9. Half of the mozzarella
  10. Layer remaining sauce, ziti, provolone & mozzarella.
  11. Spread all of ricotta/sour cream mixture on top.
  12. Sprinkle parmesan on top.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.
  15. Assemble (but do not cook) ziti.
  16. Wrap well, label, and freeze.
  18. Place in fridge to thaw a few days before serving.
  19. Bake at 350 until bubbly.
  20. Allow to rest at least a half hour before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 345Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 99mgSodium 558mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 27g