With only 20 minutes of prep, this easy baked ziti will become a go-to meal for weeknight dinners.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
- 1 pound dry ziti pasta
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- ½ pound italian sausage
- 6 ounces provolone cheese sliced
- 3/4 cups sour cream
- ¾ cup ricotta cheese
- 6 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 12 ounces 2 cans tomato paste
- 13 ounces 2 cans tomato sauce
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon fennel
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.
In a large skillet, brown onion, garlic, italian sausage and ground beef over medium heat. Add all the sauce ingredients, stir well, and simmer 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Add ¾ of the sauce to the ziti and stir to coat it well.
Stir the sour cream and ricotta together
Layer: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream/ricotta mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, then remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheeses are melted.