Lunch & Dinner · Meatless · Pasta

Mom’s Baked Ziti

If you’ve been over to our house for dinner, I’ve probably made this for you at least once!  It’s always a hit, and easy to prepare ahead of time then bake when you’re ready to eat.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz box of ziti or similar pasta
  • 2 jars of tomato sauce (24 oz each), any variety you like
  • 1  15 oz container part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • grated parmesan for topping
Cook pasta as directed on box, drain.
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix beaten egg, ricotta cheese, 1 jar of sauce plus 1/4 of the second jar, and 1.5 cups of shredded mozzarella and the drained pasta in a large bowl.
Pour some of the remaining sauce in the bottom of dish, spread the ziti mixture on top.
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Top with the rest of the sauce, and the remaining mozzarella, then sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake covered for 30-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
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Or you can prepare ahead of time, cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it.
You’ll need to bake a little longer if you have had it in the refrigerator –  closer to 45 minutes.IMG_3184

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