Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti

I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

This Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti is a fantastic Italian casserole that’s filled with a meaty red sauce, tender ziti noodles and a creamy, cheesy filling!

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I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

There is nothing quite as satisfying as knowing that you have dinner prepared and ready to go. But when plans fall through, it’s always nice to have a back up. That’s what I love about this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti!

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I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

Anyways, back to the recipe…

I’m obsessed with this super flavorful meat sauce that is the base for the baked ziti. It’s filled with fresh mushrooms, Italian sausage and plump tomatoes.

By the time the sauce is ready you’ll have gathered the remainder of your ingredients, and it’s just minutes to pull it all together.

I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

I couldn’t do baked ziti without having a layer of lasagna filling in between. It truly makes this dish pop.

Combine some ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, a couple eggs, a little salt and pepper and good dose of parsley.

I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

Since this is a freezer friendly dinner, make sure you grab a freezer friendly casserole dish!

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Once you get your first layer of noodles and sauce in there top it with the cheese mixture and a little (a lot) of mozzarella cheese.

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Repeat with another layer of noodles and sauce!

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Follow that with another layer of cheese and you’re all set to either bake right away or pop it in the freezer for another day!

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I love making freezer friendly casseroles for when I go out of town and the husband has to watch the kids.

It’s so easy for him to just pop a dish in the oven, and it gives me peace of mind that they’re not just eating pizza and chips every night.

I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

Plus if I ever have a friend or neighbor in need of a good dinner, I can easily just grab one from the freezer and help them out!

You’ll be making friends with everyone when they try this baked ziti!

I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

My husband and kids love this one so much. There are usually no leftovers, but when there are, I can just pop that lid right back on and place it in the fridge for leftover night later in the week.

I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

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Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti
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Ingredients

    For the Sauce:
  • 1 lb. Italian ground sausage
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 8 oz. sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 24oz. jar traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 lb. ziti noodles, cooked al dente according to package instructions
  • For the Cheese Mixture:
  • 15oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

    For the Sauce:
  1. Brown and crumble the sausage in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat and add the onions and garlic, cooking until tender. Stir in the mushrooms and cook until softened.
  2. Add in the sauce, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If your pan is big enough add the pasta to the sauce and stir to coat. If needed, transfer sauce and pasta to a larger bowl to stir together.
  3. For the Cheese mixture:
  4. Combine the ricotta, parmesan, eggs, parsley, salt and pepper in a small dish.
  5. Assemble the Baked Ziti:
  6. Lightly coat a 9x13" casserole dish with non-stick spray. Layer half of the pasta mixture on the bottom of the casserole dish. Top with the cheese mixture and spread to an even layer. Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Spread the remaining noodles and sauce over that, followed by the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  7. If baking right away:
  8. Cover with foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, then remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until center is bubbly. Enjoy!
  9. If freezing for later:
  10. Let cool to room temperature then cover with an airtight lid. If no lid is available, cover with plastic wrap and then a double layer of tin foil. Freeze.
  11. To Bake From Frozen:
  12. Take casserole out of freezer and remove lid or any plastic wrap. Cover with foil. Bake in 350 degree preheated oven for 1 hour, remove foil and continue baking for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until center is bubbly. Enjoy!
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I love this Freezer Friendly Baked Ziti recipe! It's perfect for dinners in a pinch or for taking to others in need!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
12 Responses
  1. Kelly
    I've made this recipe several times since stumbling onto this post a few months ago, and my whole family loves it! It is SO good. I love the sauce so much, that I also like to make it as just a pasta sauce if I don't have the ingredients on hand for the filling (although the filling really does 'make' the ziti!). Absolutely delicious!
  2. Jenny
    I am so glad to see this posted because I was needing the answer to this question... I am making some lasagna to freeze and give to a friend when she gets home from the hospital where her adult daughter is for a few days. Much like your ziti, my lasagna has everything from noodles to meat sauce to cottage, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses to raw eggs. I didn't know if I needed to just assemble the lasagna and then freeze it BEFORE baking, or if I needed to assemble it, bake it, then freeze it. Judging from your post, I need to assemble and freeze... no baking prior to my friend's thawing and cooking for eating. Is that correct? Thanks in advance!
  3. I definitely need a batch of your fabulous ziti to eat immediately, then another for the freezer! Those Zyliss containers look incredible---time to stock up!
  4. Okay, I need these containers. I freeze a lot of pasta and most containers don't seal well enough. So glad you tested this out. I need to get my hands on one, or ten, or twenty. This recipe is stellar. I just want to dig right in. I adore pasta and could eat it every single day. This one is making me want to head into the kitchen immediately. But it's 1 am.
  5. Kelsey
    I made this over the weekend and it was so good! Reminded me of a restaurant in town here. Will definitely be making again!
  6. Jamie
    Those containers look awesome! Thanks for the discount! I am going to make this baked ziti to keep in the freezer for when I have my baby next month! Thank you!!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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