Easy Baked Ziti, our Menu Plan and a Giveaway


I’ve told you about my current Ambassadorship on The Family Dish. As part of my responsibilities, I was given Ragu Spaghetti Sauce to cook with and share recipes. In the past, I have most often, made my Spaghetti Sauce from scratch, but I will have to say, this was really a nice change to be able to put together dinner quickly, by grabbing a jar of Ragu from the pantry!

I have a fun cookbook giveaway for you, so stick around a few minutes.

Easy Baked Ziti
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Easy Baked Ziti recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
  • 1-16 oz box Penne Pasta (cooked according to directions on box) I buy mine at Aldi’s, I pay $.89
  • 1 lb. ground beef, optional (cooked and drained) I’ve made it with and without meat, it’s good either way. If I use ground beef, I usually add a small onion and 1-2 cloves of garlic to the meat while it’s cooking
  • 1 jar Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 cups Mozzarella or Italian Cheese Blend, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 13×9 pan with cooking spray.
  3. Cook and drain the pasta.
  4. Cook and drain ground beef, optional.
  5. If you are adding meat, after the ground beef is drained, add it back to the pan and add the Ragu Spaghetti Sauce.
  6. Add about ½ of the pasta to the 13×9 pan, add about ½ the sauce and 1 cup of cheese.
  7. Repeat the layers.
  8. You can also sprinkle the top with a little Parmesan Cheese if you want.
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce if bubbly.

Our Menu Plan:

Monday ~ Autumn Chicken($5 Dinners recipe) Rice and Veggie

Tuesday ~ Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Corn

Wednesday ~ Chipotle-Lime Chicken Skewers (The Family Dish recipe) and Rice

Thursday ~ Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Biscuits

Friday ~ Concession Stand Dinner – Chili Cheese Dogs, Nachos, Pretzels, Popcorn and more

Saturday ~ Apple Cider Beef Stew (Taste of Home recipe) Farmhouse Biscuits and Apple Butter

Sunday ~ Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

Now for the Giveaway!! 5 Lucky readers will win!! Enter to win a Fun Family Cookbook from The Family Dish and Unilever with great recipes like…

No Frying Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches, Pizza-Style Rice Skillet or even an Oreo Milk Shake…yum!

{Photo credit: Tidy Mom and Linda Sellers}

Giveaway Guidelines: Please leave a seperate comment for each entry!

Giveaway ends Friday, October 15th.at 10 p.m. CST. 

Required entry:

  • Visit The Family Dish, and come back HERE and tell me which recipe you would like to try with your family.

Extra entries:

  • Subscribe to Cupcake Chronicles, my Weekly Newsletter with exclusive cupcakes and how-tos (in the sidebar)
  • Tweet for a chance to win…Enter to win #thefamilydish Cookbook at @HoosierHomemade http://bit.ly/ck0GG9 #spon
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Don’t forget to enter to WIN your very own copy of Bakerella’s Cake Pops Book…open until Friday, October 15th.

Disclosure: This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in Unilever’s Family Dish Program. For more great ideas, visit The Family Dish.

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  1. I cheated one time and used Ragu and my family talked about how they thought it was so good so I have never made my own spaghetti sauce since ;)
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  2. I would like to make the roasted corn salsa.
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  5. Diane says:

    I’d like to try the Mac & Cheese Corn Chowder. My youngest is really picky, but I think he’d eat this :-)

  6. Diane says:

    luna_fae tweeted

    “Enter to win #thefamilydish Cookbook at @HoosierHomemade http://bit.ly/ck0GG9 #spon”

  7. Jennifer says:

    Our family loves salsa, I would love to make the roasted corn salsa!!! YUM!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I subscribe, of course!!!

  9. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Can I come over on Sunday and have some of that fried chicken…yum! :) Great meal plan as always and the baked ziti is such a nice quick meal.

  10. Shirley Bowman says:

    I would like to try the Apple Cider Beef Stew

  11. Cindy says:

    I’d love to try the Classic Herb Chicken. Looks delish!!
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  12. Cindy says:

    I’m a cupcake chronicle subscriber too!

  13. Megan H. says:

    I would love to try “easy chicken with a twist” :)

  14. Megan H. says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  15. Amy says:

    I would try the Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo. I know my children would love it!

  16. Megan H. says:

    I tweeted! twitter.com/funnypinkmom

  17. Kristen Anderson says:

    I would love to try the grilled chicken fajita pizza!

  18. Tina says:

    The Mac and Cheese Corn Chowder sounds like something my family would love!

  19. Elaine Lund says:

    I would like to make the peanut butter cream pie!

  20. Nikki says:

    The mac and cheese corn chowder and peanut butter cream pie! I bookmarked the site for future reference!
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  21. Nikki says:

    I subscribed to cupcake chronicles.
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  22. Sunnie says:

    I would try the fried chicken or roasted corn salsa.

  23. Sunnie says:

    I just subscribed to your cupcake corner.

  24. JessicaP says:

    I would love to try the Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo.

  25. Wilma P says:

    I would like to try East Chicken with a Twist

  26. The harvest chicken salad looks the best to me! Thanks!
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