45 Minutes or Less,  Dinner,  Dinner Casseroles,  Pasta,  Vegetarian

Simple Homemade Baked Ziti

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Simple homemade baked ziti is one of the most delicious, ooey-gooey cheesy, comforting recipes out there!

This yummy baked ziti recipe makes enough to feed a crowd or to portion out for leftovers!

There’s this little neighborhood pizzeria about two miles from our old house that has the best baked ziti recipe I’ve ever eaten.

I don’t claim to be a baked ziti expert, but I know a good Italian recipe when I taste one.

What I love most about their baked ziti is that it’s simple.

Just the right amount of fresh basil and fresh mozzarella, a sauce and ricotta ratio near to perfection, and barely a touch of their light marinara on top.

Did I mention ooey, gooey fresh mozzarella?

This yummy baked ziti recipe makes enough to feed a crowd or to portion out for leftovers!

Over the weekend I decided to roll up my sleeves and take a stab at making baked ziti at home in one of my favorite casserole dishes.

I mean, it’s not difficult, and the ingredients are really no secret.

And I, too, kept it simple—although I was lacking some of the fresh ingredients I would have preferred.

Still, we were all pleased.

This yummy baked ziti recipe makes enough to feed a crowd or to portion out for leftovers!

By the way, my easy homemade Italian bread (made the same afternoon) went perfectly!

You’re welcome.

 

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Baked Ziti

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 23.5oz jar organic marinara sauce
  • 3-1/2 cups dry ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 8-ounce fresh mozzarella ball OR 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil OR 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt + 2 tablespoons for the pasta water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Bring water and 2 tablespoons of salt to boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and cook it to al dente. Drain.
  • Mix the marinara, ricotta, 3/4 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the basil together in a large bowl. Add the pasta, stirring gently to coat completely.
  • Coat the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish with olive oil. Spread the pasta mixture evenly in the dish. Sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the baked ziti is bubbly and golden brown on top.
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    Hi, I'm Liza, a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting sucked into whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life, and as a foodie at heart, I relish the chance to both cook and eat. (No picky-eater here!) I'm always on the hunt for the perfect mojito, inspiration for a third tattoo and time to finish my novel.

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