Skillet Ziti
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Delicious ziti made simple and fast in a skillet!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar(s) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 - tsp crushed red pepper
  • 12 - oz. ziti pasta**
  • 2 - cup(s) water**
  • 2 - cup(s) shredded mozzarella cheese**
  • Garnish: - grated Parmesan cheese**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with minced onion and garlic powder. Once browned, drain and then mix in the spaghetti sauce and crushed red pepper. Bring to bubbling, then stir in the pasta and water. Cover with lid and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Let cook for 8 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Remove from heat immediately. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese and let melt, then sprinkle grated Parmesan over top.
  3. Prepare the salad.
  4. Serve Skillet Ziti with salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and let cool.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the ground beef mixture
  • 1 - 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put tray in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm shallow dish of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the skillet to reheat beef sauce and cook pasta. (Follow pasta cooking directions in recipe.)

Dairy-Free Modifications

Unfortunately, there is not a great dairy-free option for this meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Use gluten-free pasta for gluten-free meal.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Skillet Ziti

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw and reheat beef sauce and then cook pasta with water. See recipe for ratios.
Serve with side salad.