Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti with Ragú®

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Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti Recipe with Sauteed Onion & Beef Ragú® Sauce #NewTraDish

Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti with Ragú® Sauce

 There is something about pasta that is naturally satisfying, enriching and comforting.  It’s no wonder why because pasta is the perfect dish for versatility.  Cooler weather outside makes for the perfect warm pasta dish served up as the best comfort food.

 Turn your Thanksgiving feast into a meal that’s perfect for everyone.  Pasta dishes are nothing new when it comes to Thanksgiving menus.  In fact, hot pasta dishes like Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti are great as a side dish along with turkey or serve it as the main star this holiday season.  Bake a simple pasta dish that everyone will love.  Comfort your family with a piping hot baked pasta dish that will warm the soul.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition.  Getting together with family for a big feast is something we all look forward to in November.  I cannot think of anything else I’d rather be doing than sharing a hot meal with loved ones .  There is something special about the holidays.  I remember when I was young helping mom in the kitchen prepping for holiday meals.  Sometimes, baking would start the night before and mom always included me in the fun.  I’d grown to watch her use my grandmas recipes and now I’m using them.  For years, I had been a vegetarian and on Thanksgiving my mom always make something special for me, although everyone else seemed to eat is as well!  Comforting pasta dishes with plenty of delicious flavors are part of our tradition and I can’t think of a better time to share it.  This massive dish of baked pasta can be served along with the turkey and all Thanksgiving side dishes.

Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti Recipe with Sauteed Onion & Beef Ragú® Sauce #NewTraDish

Our favorite recipes have become traditions over the years.  Recipes that we make over and over again for our family because they love them. They are the first recipes that we use each time the holidays come around.  They are the recipes we bake for our family frequently.  They are tried and true recipes that our family wants more of.  Over time, we adapt recipes and those dishes become a New Tra-Dish.

Pasta is a timeless classic that everyone loves.  This year I wanted to add some extra flavor to the traditional Beefy Baked Ziti recipe from Ragú®.  For this recipe, I adapted the No Boiling Beefy Baked Ziti recipe by adding additional flavor with roasted red peppers  and created one delicious Ragú® New Tra-Dish!  Now, this dish will be a timeless classic at our holiday feasts.

Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti Recipe with Sauteed Onion & Beef Ragú® Sauce #NewTraDish

The holidays are all about getting to spend time with family and this dish couldn’t be any easier to make.  The ingredients are simple and can be found in any grocery store.  Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe; picture below.

Ragú® has a new sauce that is out of this world good!  The recipe uses the Sauteed Onion & Beef Meat Creations sauce from Ragú®.  The sauce adds additional meat flavor and will be a crowd pleaser at your Thanksgiving dinner.

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Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti Ingredients #NewTraDish

To get started, simply start by browning the ground beef over the stove top.  Meanwhile, on a cutting board, dice the red peppers and set aside.

Combine the Sauteed Onion & Beef Ragú® Sauce with water in a large bowl and give it a good stir.  Next, add the ground beef, red peppers, ricotta cheese and Parmesan cheese. Mix it all together and then add the uncooked ziti pasta to the bowl.  Now, mix it all together again and pour it into a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Place the dish in the oven to bake.  The aroma from the dish baking smells fantastic!  This dish will come out looking and smelling delicious with the noodles fully cooked.

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The Ragú® New TraDishes challenge has been fun and and deliciously rewarding. In my family, Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti with Ragú® Sauce is already New TraDish.  Ragú® sauces have a delicious taste the whole family will love.  It’s no surprise families, like mine, have been using Ragú® Sauce as our secret ingredient for many years.

 Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti Recipe with Sauteed Onion & Beef Ragú® Sauce #NewTraDish

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The Recipe

Yields: 8

Beefy Red Pepper Baked Ziti with Ragú®

Beefy oven Baked ziti with a delicious variety of cheeses and flavored with red peppers makes this one of my favorite comforting pasta dishes of all times. It's simple to make and no boiling the noodles needed.

10 minPrep Time

65 minCook Time

1 hr, 15 Total Time

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  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar Sauteed Onion & Beef Ragú® Sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1 cup (or 8 0z.) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons reduced fat Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 12 ounces uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brown meat over stove top on medium-high heat and drain when done. Dice red peppers and set aside. In a large bowl, combine water and Ragú® Sauce and stir. Add ground beef, diced red peppers, ricotta and Parmesan cheese and stir to combine, breaking up any ricotta chunks. Add uncooked ziti pasta to the bowl and stir. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9 inch baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 55 minutes. Remove foil top and sprinkle the top with grated mozzarella cheese then bake for 5 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. To garnish dish, top with fresh basil leaves and more mozzarella cheese, if desired.

Recipe Type: Pasta

10 Responses

  1. Joely Smith

    Wow okay first, AMAZING photos! Seriously mouth watering and inviting! I have pinned these for future reference as I am going to be making this SOON!
    Thank you for sharing such lovely photos and a great recipe!

  2. Marysa

    This recipe looks amazing! And pretty easy! Saving this one for this week’s dinner 🙂


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