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Meal Prep Baked Ziti

Quick stovetop Bolognese sauce layered with a creamy ricotta filling, mozzarella cheese, and ziti noodles.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For Meat Sauce

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef
  • 2 sweet Italian sausage links
  • 4 carrots pureed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 jar of RAO's 4 cheese sauce
  • Pinch of herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of onion powder
  • pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For Ricotta

  • 1 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Other ingredients

  • 1 lb box of Ziti Noodles
  • 16 oz bag of shredded or fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • Olive Oil


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a deep saucepan, sautee onions and bell peppers until soft, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Once vegetables start to soften up, add ground beef and Italian sausage (remove the casing from the Italian sausage).
  • Break up the meat with a wooden spoon and brown for about 10-12 minutes until no red is visible.
  • To a food processor or Nutri bullet, blend carrots with a 1/4 cup of water until pureed.
  • Add carrot mixture to the meat and season with herbs de Provence, salt and pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Mix to incorporate the seasoning into the meat mixture.
  • Add the full jar of RAO's four-cheese sauce to the meat.
  • Mix to combine and add a pinch of sugar and allow the meat sauce to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  • While the meat sauce simmers, boil the ziti noodles according to package instructions for al dente.
  • Next, make the ricotta mixture. Combine the ricotta and egg in a small bowl and mix in the cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients until well combined. Set aside.
  • Once ziti noodles are cooked, strain, and set aside.
  • The meat sauce is done when it has a slightly thicker texture and meat is tender, after about 20 minutes.
  • To a bowl, combine ziti noodles with the ricotta mixture and stir until all the noodles are well coated in the ricotta.
  • Next, add in half the meat sauce to the ziti and ricotta. Stir until well combined.
  • To that mixture, add the heavy cream and stir.
  • In a deep baking dish, put a layer of the ziti mixture followed by a layer of meat sauce and a layer of mozzarella cheese.
  • Continue this layering until you reach the top of the baking dish.
  • The last layer should be meat followed by plenty of mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake covered with foil for the first 20 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly on top.


This recipe makes enough for up to eight servings, so it's ideal for meal prepping or for freezing.