Baked Ziti

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It’s extremely hard to find real fresh tomatoes in the middle of winter, like right now. I like to buy organic tomatoes but even then they aren’t always picked at the right time, they get picked early and are ripened artificially. I LOVE my fresh tomatoes but when push comes to shove and the good tomatoes are gone, I turn to canned tomatoes for my sauces and in this case, Red Gold. Did you know that Michigan, the state I live in, is the ideal state to grow tomatoes? This makes me proud of our state, and put me completely on board when Red Gold asked me to try their tomatoes.


For this little test, I put my 14 year old budding chef (ok the truth is I want this kid to know how to make more than ramen in college) to work and decided he would make Baked Ziti. I used the Tomato Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes and Stewed Tomatoes from Red Gold. It was easy for my kid to mix since it was from cans and he made the sauce and noodles, mixed, topped with cheese and baked.


It is that simple! But ohhhhh look at the yummy result!

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Baked Ziti with Red Gold® Tomatoes
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Recipe type: main
Serves: 8
  • 3 cans Red Gold tomatoes 14.5 oz (stewed, sauce and crushed were used here)
  • 1.5 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 lb ziti noodles cooked and drained
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • ¼ cup garlic, minced
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • ½ TSP dried basil
  • 1 TBS Herbs de Provence
  • ½ TSP sea salt
  • ½ tsp crushed black pepper
  • 3 TBS sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 355 degrees/f
  2. Sweat the garlic and onion in olive oil. If you want to save time, used powdered versions of the onion and garlic, ½ tsp each)
  3. Add the tomatoes, and the rest of the herbs and salt and pepper
  4. Add the cooked ground beef and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes.
  6. Mix your sauce and ziti together and add half the mixture to a 9X11 pan, cover with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then add the rest and repeat the cheese.
  7. Bake at 355/F for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese is nice and golden.



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Red Gold sent me 6 cans of tomatoes to try. And I LOVE them.

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  1. Marla says

    For starters, I love Red Gold Stewed tomatoes. I would top a baked chicken dish with Red Gold petite tomatoes with scallions.

  2. says

    Thank you Chef Candace for this great post. Red Gold appreciates your continued support of our products. Recipe sounds wonderful, I will have to try it over the weekend. I will continue to follow your blog and thanks again.
    Red Gold Lady

  3. Chris Kelly Lasch says

    I would definitely make the ziti recipe. Looks delicious!! I liked all the Facebook pages.

  4. Judy Woodruff says

    I would make lasagna, with Red Gold Tomatoes. I am really due for a large batch, which I freeze in portions.

  5. Terri says

    I use Red Gold tomatoes for my homemade spaghetti sauce. And I love the fact that Red Gold is in my home state of Indiana!

  6. wendy e says

    I use canned tomatoes for everything in the winter- Black beans for burritos, tomato soup, marinara sauce, vegetable soup, curry dishes, veggie sloppy joes, stews it is a staple in my pantry