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Creamy Baked Ziti

January 2, 2018
This Creamy Baked Ziti is a total family favorite dinner! Layers of ziti pasta, meat sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and sour cream - absolutely delicious!

Creamy Baked Ziti

I originally posted this recipe here on Mostly Homemade Mom over 5 years ago. At the time, I was a full time teacher with a toddler and an infant. Paul and I had our share of layoffs and job losses and we were trying to make ends meet when I decided to see if I could earn a little extra money by trying this "blog thing" along with my teaching job.

If you would have told me way back then that this little "blog thing" would now be my fulltime job, I would have said that you're nutso! I still can't believe it sometimes that this is my job, I love it THAT much. Thank you for being along with me for the ride!

I left the original post below as it originally appeared in 2012 - just with an updated printable recipe card and how-to video. We still absolutely LOVE this baked ziti recipe and I'm sure your family will, too!

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I have made this recipe for baked ziti for years. My best friend gave it to me, handwritten on an index card, and put it in my wishing well at my bridal shower. Ella was always an amazing cook. Growing up, I can remember standing in her parents' kitchen making dinner or some fabulous dessert together. I think that might have been where my love of cooking first began!

This recipe for ziti is a crowd pleaser. The sour cream in this dish gives it a rich, creamy flavor. We've made this for various family functions. It freezes very well also. Serve with a great salad and some bread sticks!

Yield: 12 servings

Creamy Baked Ziti

This Creamy Baked Ziti is a total family favorite dinner! Layers of ziti pasta, meat sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and sour cream - absolutely delicious!
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 50 mins


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 jars spaghetti sauce
  • 16 oz ziti, cooked to al dente
  • 1/4 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 lb sliced provolone cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons oregano


  1. Cook pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, brown ground beef and diced onion in a large skillet, drain. Add two jars spaghetti sauce, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Spray a 9x13 pan with nonstick spray. Spread half of ziti on bottom of dish. Layer with alternating slices of mozzarella and provolone cheese.
  3. Ladle half of meat sauce over cheese. Place dollops of the sour cream over the meat sauce (use all of the sour cream, not half as this will be the only layer of sour cream). Repeat layers as listed ending with the meat sauce. 
  4. Sprinkle top with grated parmesan cheese and oregano. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
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This baked ziti is actually a staple for our family during holiday meals and big get-togethers. One pan of this make enough for a TON of people, so the 12 person serving size listed on the recipe card is being VERY conservative. You'll be looking forward to leftovers, though, so be ready!!

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8 comments on "Creamy Baked Ziti"
  1. This looks so good, baked ziti is one of my favorite comfort foods! I'm your newest follower! :o)

  2. Thanks for linking up @ CountryMommaCooks your pasta looks delicious : )

  3. I love baked pasta recipes and am always looking for new twists on ones I already make. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & please come back soon ~EMM

  4. Yummy this looks so good. I need to try it soon.

    Love your blog

    Check out my food blog if you haven't already :)

  5. I love all the cheese in here and the sour cream just HAS to make this extra delicious! Pinning this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing it at the {what's shakin' link party} this week!

    1. I'm featuring this today at the {what's shakin' link party} ... hope you join us and link up again this week!!

  6. OOOOH delish! Thanks for sharing with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  7. Just popping over from Shaken Together and this is one my husbands favorite dishes. I am pinning it! I would also love to invite you to share this at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop:) Now following via pinterest and GFC:)