25 Recipes for Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti is a classic comfort food, and there are myriad ways to make it. We’ve rounded up 25 recipes for baked ziti, with a variety of meats, cheeses, and ways to prepare it.

baked ziti in a cream and brown bowl, topped with basil.

Pasta, tomato sauce, and cheese—what can go wrong? Baked Ziti is a mainstay in many families for good reason: it’s simple to make, and everyone loves it.

Below you’ll find 25 recipes for baked ziti, including classic recipes, no-boil recipes, meatless recipes, instant pot and slow cooker recipes, special diet recipes, and even recipes without tomato sauce.

These recipes were sourced from some of the best food bloggers in the business. I hope you enjoy them!

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Classic recipes

baked ziti in a cream bowl topped with basil

Easy Baked Ziti (Freezer Friendly)

This easy recipe has just 6 ingredients, and you can make it ahead and freeze it. It’s meaty, cheesy, and the perfect comfort food!

baked ziti with meatballs and melted mozzarella in a foil pan.

Baked Ziti with Meatballs

Homemade meatballs jazz up this extra cheesy recipe, made with parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese.

baked ziti on a white plate, next to a casserole dish and a green cloth napkin.

Baked Ziti with Ground Beef

This ziti is extra creamy, thanks to the sour cream, provolone, and mozzarella. Ground beef makes it a hearty, comfort food meal!

a fork holding several pieces of baked ziti, over a full plate.

Baked Ziti with Sausage

This baked ziti recipe is packed with Italian sausage, cream cheese, and mozzarella, and topped with croutons for crunch.

baked ziti on a white plate next to a whole casserole dish and bunches of parsley.

Baked Ziti with Cream Cheese

With just 6 ingredients, this ziti recipe is great for a weeknight. The cream cheese makes it extra creamy.

baked ziti topped with pepperoni in a white casserole dish.

Baked Ziti with Pepperoni

Fire roasted tomatoes and pepperoni amp up the flavor of this classic pasta bake.

baked ziti in a white casserole dish with a scoop taken out.

Baked Ziti with Peppers, Onions, and Mushrooms

This is baked ziti supreme! A combination of sausage, peppers, onions, and mushrooms make this recipe veggie-packed and hearty.

No-boil recipes

spoon lifting a spoonful of ziti covered with mozzarella cheese from a skillet.

One-Skillet Baked Ziti

There’s no need to boil the noodles with this ground beef and ziti recipe, made entirely in one skillet.

scoop of cheesy baked ziti being lifting out of a casserole dish.

No-Boil Baked Ziti with Ricotta

This creamy dish is made with ricotta, mozzarella, and half-and-half. No need to boil the noodles—just layer everything and bake!

spoon lifting a spoonful of cheesy baked ziti from a white casserole dish.

No-Boil Baked Ziti with Sour Cream

The ziti cooks in chicken broth as it bakes, so there’s no need to boil the noodles. Along with sour cream, provolone, and mozzarella, this is truly an easy, cheesy dish!

Slow cooker and Instant Pot recipes

baked ziti in a slow cooker with a spoon in the middle.

Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

With sausage, peppers, and onions, this baked ziti recipes is packed with flavor. And, you can make it in the crockpot!

baked ziti in a white round bowl.

Instant Pot Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti in just 20 minutes! It’s all possible due to the Instant Pot.

dried ziti being poured into an instant pot filled with a creamy tomato mixture.

Instant Pot Creamy Baked Ziti

With red wine and heavy cream, this rich baked ziti recipe can be made in just 22 minutes in an Instant Pot.

Meatless recipes

baked ziti with spinach in a casserole dish.

Baked Ziti with Spinach

You won’t miss the meat with this hearty baked ziti, packed with 4 cups of baby spinach.

small dish of baked ziti next to a whole casserole dish full of baked ziti.

Cheesy Baked Ziti

Ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan come together in this classic ziti recipe with no meat.

whole casserole dish filled with baked ziti, topped with torn basil.

Meatless Baked Ziti

Pecorino Romano gives this ziti dish an extra depth of flavor. Along with the ricotta and mozzarella, it makes this dish pure cheesy comfort food.

baked ziti in a foil casserole dish next to a floral napkin.

Vegetarian Baked Ziti

Clouds of ricotta top this meatless ziti dish. It’s a classic recipe with oregano and basil for extraordinary flavor.

Special diet recipes

spatula holding a cheesy scoop of gluten free baked ziti above a full casserole dish.

Gluten-Free Baked Ziti

This classic recipe with ground beef and ricotta uses gluten-free pasta as its base.

hand holding a plate of baked ziti near a casserole dish full of more ziti.

Vegan Baked Ziti

With a few simple swaps, this recipe turns the traditional dish into a hearty vegan main course.

spoon holding a scoop of veggie packed baked ziti above a full casserole dish.

Baked Ziti with Hidden Veggies

Zucchini, spinach, and mushrooms are all packed into this lighter spin on baked ziti, complete with ground turkey and low-fat cheeses.

baked ziti in a white bowl next to an instant pot.

Healthy Baked Ziti

This lightened-up ziti is 21 Day Fix approved and gluten-free. And, you can make it in the Instant Pot to save time!

bowl full of baked ziti topped with fresh parsley.

Vegan and Gluten Free Baked Ziti

You just need 5 ingredients to create this baked ziti that’s not only vegan, but gluten-free, too.

Recipes with no tomato sauce

ziti alfredo on two white plates next to a fork.

Baked Ziti Alfredo

This recipe uses a shortcut of jarred alfredo sauce to make a rich and creamy baked pasta dish.

baked ziti with ham and a white sauce on a white and blue plate.

Neapolitan Baked Ziti

Mozzarella, ham, and ziti are tossed in a creamy béchamel sauce and topped with crispy breadcrumbs for this decadent twist on baked ziti.

french onion pasta in a casserole dish, topped with fresh sage.

French Onion Pasta Bake

Sage, thyme, and a creamy béchamel sauce coat the ziti in this recipe. The caramelized onions give it an incredible depth of flavor.


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