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Baked Ziti

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Recipes | 1 comment

bakedzitiI’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love Baked Ziti!  I make this recipe when I need to serve a crowd, for friends who have recently had babies, or whenever I need a hearty bowl of comfort food!  I almost always have all the ingredients I need to make this dish in my fridge and pantry so it is easy to throw together whenever I need it.

Baked Ziti


36 oz jar of your favorite

spaghetti sauce

1 lb box penne pasta, cooked and drained

15 oz container ricotta cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/2 cup and 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 tsp dried basil


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Mix half of the pasta with 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the dish.  Mix ricotta, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, 1 cup of mozzarella and basil together in a bowl.  Evenly spoon the cheese mixture over the noodles.

3. Mix the remaining pasta with 1/3 of the spaghetti sauce and layer the noodles on top of the cheese mixutre.  Top with remaining sauce, then mozzarella cheese and 2 T of Parmesan cheese.

4. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30-35 min.  Uncover and finish baking until cheese is melted and bubbly.

1 Comment

  1. My daughter’s 9th baithdry was last weekend and I needed to serve a housefull. I was craving some really good baked ziti so I searched google for baked ziti with little meatballs trying to find a recipe from Giada on the Food Network that I had previously made. But, your blog came up instead. The recipe looked great so I gave it a shot. Your baked ziti blew Giada’s away delicious!!! The meatballs were perfect. I had almost no left overs which I was thrilled about because I love when people enjoy my cooking, but sad because I could have eaten this for days and only had maybe a bowl left. There is nothing like food made with love. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes and love stories with them. I look forward to cooking my way down the list. Baked Chicken in Wine is on the menu for tomorrow. Can’t wait!

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