Easy 30 Minute Stove Top Ziti

easy ziti

I love baked ziti from Olive Garden but we’re trying to cut back on restaurants right now. I wanted a homestyle version that would take me less then an hour, and I was able to cut it down to only 30 minutes! This recipe includes 5 minutes bake time, but is otherwise completely stove top ziti. I feature Ragu’s new Homestyle Thick and Hearty Traditional sauce in this easy stovetop ziti recipe.

This simmered in tradition sauce is the newest addition to Ragu’s line of pasta sauces. Ragu is huge in their story, and wanted to bring to life the “homestyle” flavors of homemade pasta sauce without the inconvenience of having to make it yourself. Homestyle is a concept that is near and dear to every family but can mean very different things. To my family it means good food made at home. This is Ragu’s thickest sauce– you can tell because it hugs the pasta. This is their boldest flavor yet because they peel, chop and simmer the ingredients and use a special blend of herbs (basil, fennel, oregano and black pepper) to layer and build the flavor. Ragu doesn’t use artificial flavors, artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup. *Do you know how hard it is to find sauce without HFCS in it? It can be difficult! You don’t take short cuts when you make your own sauce–neither does Ragu. That’s why we take the time to make sure the sauce is made right, and why I only buy the best.

Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauce comes in 5 flavors

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Traditional Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Meat Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Four Cheese Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce

Homestyle Thick and Hearty Mushroom Sauce

easy stovetop ziti

This is an easy stovetop recipe. I don’t like to cook complicated things, and I like fast. This recipe is done in the simplest form.


1 box of pasta
1 jar Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty
1 lb ground beef
1.5 cups Ricota cheese
1.5 cups cheddar cheese shredded

Boil pasta until done & drain, fry ground beef, drain grease, and put into pasta. Add pasta sauce, and ricota cheese. Mix well. Pour into baking dish and layer cheddar cheese on top.  Bake 5 minutes on 350. Serve with salad and breadsticks. Done!

To learn more about Ragu Homestyle Sauces visit their home page and find your taste of home.



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