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a baking dish with baked ziti garnished with fresh oregano leaves

Baked Ziti

  • Author: Rita
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Italian


This baked ziti recipe is easy to make, super cheesy, and comforting. It’s perfect for eating on a cold winter day to warm you up!


  • 14 oz ziti, cooked al dente (400 g)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • lean ground turkey (400 g)
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (50 g)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (250 g)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (100 g)
  • fresh oregano or basil to garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F ( 180 C ) and cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a large pan over medium heat, drizzle the olive oil and saute the onion and garlic for 2 minutes or until golden.
  3. Then, add the ground turkey seasoned with a pinch o salt, and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until cooked all the way through. Stir often to prevent burning.
  4. Next, add the tomato puree, salt, black pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme, mix everything, and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning.
  5. When the pasta is al dente, drain and add the pasta to the tomato and turkey mix. Stir gently until well combined.
  6. Mix the ricotta with the parmesan cheese and set aside.
  7. Into a baking tray, pour a layer of half of the pasta mix first, then half of the ricotta mix on top of the ziti. Repeat this process one more time.
  8. Add the mozzarella cheese on top and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Garnish with fresh basil or fresh oregano and serve.


Don’t overcook the pasta: Remember that the pasta will continue to cook in the oven, so don’t overcook the pasta. It should be al dente.

Store leftovers: This dish will last in the fridge on an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Make ahead: If you would like to prep this baked ziti ahead, you can do it! Keep the baking tray covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 5 hours until it’s time to bake.

Vegetarian version: For a vegetarian dish, replace the ground turkey with vegan mince.

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