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Baked Ziti

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My take on the cheesy Italian favorite.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces, weight Ziti Or Penne Pasta (I Liked Penne Rigate Because Its Ridges Help Hold The Sauce)
  • 28 ounces, fluid Jar Marinara Sauce
  • 15 ounces, weight Ricotta Cheese, Part-skim Or Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, Grated, Divided
  • ½ teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Egg, Lightly Beaten

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Stop cooking the pasta when it is just slightly undercooked; it will continue cooking in the oven. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

In a large bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of the marinara sauce, the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and egg. Stir well to combine.

Add the cooked pasta to the cheese mixture. Stir well to combine.

Pour a small amount of the remaining marinara sauce into a 9×13-inch baking dish. (You can also use a 3 quart casserole dish or two smaller dishes such as 8×8 or 9×9-inch baking pans.) Shake the dish or use a spoon to lightly coat the bottom of the dish with the sauce.

Spread the pasta mixture into the dish(es).

Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta and spread it evenly over the top. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of Parmesan cheese over the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. (Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for smaller dishes.)

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asned on 1.20.2011

I probably would have rated this 3.5 stars if I could have, maybe 3.75.

I am on a mission to find an AMAZING baked ziti. So I had high expectations of this. It was good, I’ll fix it again, we all got 2nd helpings ( saying something since the hubs currently has broncitis!), and my 9mth old couldn’t shovel it in fast enough. But it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.

Also, I think that next time I fix it I’ll brown up some hamburger or sausage with some seasonings and throw it in and maybe add a touch more spagetti sauce so it’s a smidge thinner.

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