Baked Ziti Recipe: A Hearty Italian Dish Perfect for Any Occasion
Baked ziti is a classic Italian pasta dish that is loved by many for its rich and hearty flavors. It is a perfect choice for a family dinner or a potluck party. The dish is made with ziti pasta, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta cheese. It is then baked in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, creating a deliciously comforting and satisfying meal. In this article, we will share a simple and easy recipe for baked ziti, along with its nutrition information and some important notes to keep in mind.
●1 box (16oz) Ziti pasta, cooked
For the Sauce
●1 tablespoon olive oil
●2 large cloves garlic, minced
●1 jar (24oz) marinara sauce
●1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
●½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
●½ teaspoon salt
●¼ teaspoon pepper
For the Filling
●2 cups (16oz) Ricotta Cheese
●1 large egg, beaten
●3 cups (12 oz) Shredded mozzarella cheese
●5 oz shredded parmesan cheese
●Fresh Basil for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the ziti noodles. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the noodles are cooked al-dente. When cooked, drain into a strainer, and put back in the pot.
While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil then add the garlic and cook until it’s starts to brown.
Then add the marinara sauce and seasonings.
Stir until combine and cook for just a couple minutes to incorporate the flavors. Set aside.
In a bowl, mix together the ricotta and the egg until combined.
To the cooked pasta, add the ricotta mixture and stir until combined.
Then add the marinara sauce, half the mozzarella and half the parmesan cheese and stir until it’s well mixed.
Pour into the prepared baking dish. Cover the top with remaining shredded mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 375°F for 30 to 35 minutes until bubbly. Remove from the oven and set the oven to broil.
Once heated, return the lasagna to the oven, uncovered and boil for a couple minutes until the top starts to brown.
Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh basil.
— Nutrition Information:
Serving size: 1 cup
Saturated fat: 9g
1- You can use any type of pasta you prefer in this recipe, but ziti is the traditional choice.
2- You can also use any type of tomato sauce you like, or make your own from scratch.
3- If you want to make this dish ahead of time, you can assemble it up to step 6 and then cover it tightly with foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake it, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking as directed.
4- This recipe makes 8-10 servings, depending on the size of your portions. You can easily double or halve the recipe to fit your needs.
5- This dish is best served hot and fresh from the oven, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.
— In conclusion, baked ziti is a delicious and comforting dish that is perfect for any occasion. With its simple and easy recipe, you can easily make it at
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