Lou’s Baked Ziti


Lou's Baked Ziti

My BFF, Nicol, whom I've called Lou since 1987, created this delicious monstrosity of a dish!
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Course Main Course
Servings 12


  • 1.5 lbs ground round
  • .5 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 lb ziti noodles
  • 2 cans/jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 15oz tub of ricotta
  • 1 8oz tub of sour cream
  • 1 ball of fresh mozzarella sliced thin
  • 1 pkg of sliced provolone
  • 1 pkg of shredded Italian cheese
  • Parmesan
  • dried basil


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook ziti noodles till al dente.
  • Sauté the garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the ground round and sausage. Brown the meat, then add the sauce and let simmer.
  • When the noodles are done cooking, drain, add ricotta and sour cream to hot noodles and stir it up.
  • Layer your pan, 1/3 of the sauce, half of the noodles, mozzarella, provolone, 1/2 the bag of shredded Italian cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan. 1/3 of the sauce, other half of the noodles. Top with remaining sauce, other half bag of shredded cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan and dried basil.
  • Cover with foil, bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil, bake for 15 more minutes. Let set about 10 minutes before serving.
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