Does this Creamy Baked Ziti look good or what?! Baked Ziti is one of our family favorites. It’s a recipe that everyone in the family actually likes and believe me, those are hard to come by!
But, sometimes plain, old baked Ziti gets boring and you’ve got to switch it up a little bit. This Creamy Baked Ziti recipe is a great way to create a new family favorite with just a hint of something different.
Here’s the handy dandy printable recipe:
Creamy Baked Ziti Recipe
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb. ground beef
- Salt as desired
- Pepper as desired
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasonings
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil
- 1 lb. Ziti
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup ranch salad dressing
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- Heat olive oil in a large pot on medium temperature. Add ground beef. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, as desired. Add Italian seasonings and garlic powder. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Pour diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes into the pot with the browned ground beef. Stir to combine. Cook the sauce until boiling. Turn the temperature down to medium low and allow the sauce to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Prepare the Ziti pasta as directed on the packaging. Drain.
- In a separate dish, combine the heavy cream and ranch salad dressing. Slowly pour the cream mixture into the sauce, stirring constantly. Turn the temperature on the sauce back up to medium and stir occasionally until boiling.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Pour the Ziti into a 9” x 13” casserole dish. Add 1 -1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese. Pour the sauce over the Ziti and cheese. Stir to combine. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup shredded mozzarella over the top.
- Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
- Serve hot with warm, crusty Italian bread.
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