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Meaty Ziti Recipe

Ziti is nice and simple to make. And so yummy if it has lots of ooey gooey cheese! I had some sweet Italian sausage and some ground beef that I had to use up. I decided to cook them up and put them in ziti. I added cream cheese, which gave it a slightly different taste and made it a tad creamier then my typical ziti. This is very tasty and very filling. Here’s how I made it.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ziti
  • 1x 23 oz jar marinara sauce
  • 12 oz shredded mozzarella (split into 8 oz and 4 oz)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (melted)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbp garlic powder


Preheat the oven to 350.

Boil pasta until al dente.

Brown sausage links in one pan and ground beef in another.

When sausage is cooked cut into small chunks or slices. (Or if you find it easier, cut it before you cook it.)

Drain pasta and put back in pan.

Add 8 oz of mozzarella and the cream cheese and stir well.

Add the seasonings and stir well.

Add the ground beef and the sausage to the pasta and stir well.

Sprinkle the remaining 4 oz of cheese across the top.

Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Meaty Ziti Recipe

Serve immediately with salt and pepper to taste.

What’s your favorite dish to make with ziti noodles?

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Michelle F. January 29, 2015 - 12:15 am

That looks so good! I love that you added sausage and ground beef.

Travel Blogger January 29, 2015 - 12:45 am

Yum, I bet the cream cheesy makes it really rich! I love these easy recipes for my family.

Debra January 29, 2015 - 12:59 am

This sounds amazing! We love pasta dishes!

Caitlin January 29, 2015 - 1:45 am

Yum!! This looks absolutely amazing!!!!! I wish I would have made this for dinner!

Robin (Masshole Mommy) January 29, 2015 - 7:20 am

My mom always made her ziti with meat, but my kids don’t like it, so I make it without.

Stacey- Travel Blogger January 29, 2015 - 7:37 am

I love ziti! This looks delicious!

Liz Mays January 29, 2015 - 9:17 am

I love all that cheesy, meaty goodness. This sounds like the perfect dinner for me this week!

patricia Marsden January 29, 2015 - 11:09 am

Traditional baked ziti with meat.

Debi @ Life Currents January 29, 2015 - 4:29 pm

This would be a huge hit with my husband’s family. I could see serving this for a nice family dinner with them.


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