This yummy baked ziti recipe makes enough to feed a crowd or to portion out for leftovers!
45 Minutes or Less,  Dinner,  Dinner Casseroles,  Pasta,  Vegetarian

Simple Homemade Baked Ziti

Simple homemade baked ziti is one of the most delicious, ooey-gooey cheesy, comforting recipes out there! There’s this little neighborhood pizzeria about two miles from one of our old houses in Maryland 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. And what I loved most about their baked ziti is that it’s simple; it doesn’t taste fussy or overdone.

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

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 (get the link below in the recipe card).

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

And I, too, kept it simple β€” 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.

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

Baked Ziti

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

This baked ziti is simple to make and so yummy!

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

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Bring water and 2 tablespoons of salt to boil in a large pot. Add the pasta and cook it to al dente. Drain.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the baked ziti is bubbly and golden brown on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 487Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1280mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 27g

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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!) Always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect mojito and time to finish my novel!

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