Kittencal's Freezer Baked Ziti (Oamc)

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 16-20




  • In a large pot cook the pasta in boiling salted water until JUST al dente (leave the pasta still firm, do not overcook) drain but do NOT rinse.
  • Transfer to a large bowl and mix in 2 tablespoons oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together; set adise.
  • In a pot or Dutch oven cook the ground or sausage meat with chili flakes, if using and onion until beef is lightly browned; drain fat.
  • Add in the garlic and bell pepper; cook stirring about 10 minutes.
  • Season with seasoned salt or white salt and ground black pepper.
  • Stir in the pasta sauce and reduce heat to low; simmer stirring for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Mix in 2 cups of mozzarella cheese and the cooked ziti pasta.
  • Divide the mixture between two greased 12-1/2 x 8-inch disposable foil pans.
  • Sprinkle about 3/4 cup or to taste of Parmesan cheese over each top of pan (do not bake).
  • Cool completely then cover with heavy foil, freeze until ready to use or bake one right away!.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • TO BAKE; set oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bake uncovered for about 45-50 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle about 2 cups mozzarella cheese on top, then return to oven for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.


“This recipe goes back a long time, it makes two 12-1/2 x 8-inch disposable pans, I use my recipe#71273 for this but you may use your favorite homemade sauce, you will need about 8 cups of pasta sauce or a little more if desired, chili flakes is only optional I like to add them in for some heat, you may adjust the amount to suit your taste or omit --- make certain to leave the frozen pan in the refrigerator overnight to thaw slightly before baking, and you will need about 2 cups of mozzarella cheese for the top after baking, this makes the perfect potluck meal and you also get to enjoy one pan :)”