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Baked Ziti Recipe (Uncomplicated to make)

by Amelie Smith
a plate of baked ziti

Baked Ziti is a single of these uncomplicated casseroles that tastes like you have been cooking all day extended but it is surprisingly rapid!

Layers of tender ziti noodles, with a meaty zesty Italian sausage sauce and a cream creamy ricotta cheese layer.

Prime it all with a generous assisting of mozzarella cheese and bake till bubbly. An remarkable meal in about an hour!

a plate of baked ziti

Why We Appreciate Baked Ziti

Wealthy, zesty, cheesy and finest of all, it is uncomplicated!

  • Baked ziti with ricotta is an uncomplicated twist on a classic lasagna recipe.
  • Alternatively of extended lasagna noodles, we use ziti pasta and bake it with meat sauce and lots of cheese.
  • It rivals any restaurant pasta for much less price and it has heaps of flavor!
  • Adding Italian sausage to this ziti recipe (or any pasta sauce) tends to make a rapid sauce taste like it is been cooking for hours!
  • This ziti dish is excellent to make ahead and it reheats and freezes nicely. Cook when and appreciate for days!

ingredients for baked ziti

Components

SAUCE: The sauce is created with Italian sausage which adds lots of flavor. You can swap it for ground beef (or ground turkey) but be positive to add added seasonings or spices (and some chili flakes for heat) and a tablespoon of olive oil for flavor. To make this dish vegetarian, use finely minced vegetables like mushrooms, eggplant, and/or zucchini.

I like the addition of  pasta sauce considering that it is currently seasoned but really feel totally free to use tomato sauce and add a bit of Italian seasoning if it is what you have on hand

PASTA – Ziti is our pasta of selection but any medium pasta will function. Swap out with penne or turn it into rigatoni pasta.

CHEESE – Ricotta cheese tends to make up the creamy cheese layer. You can swap it out by blending cottage cheese with an egg till smooth. I stir in some cheese, spinach or further herbs can be added.

TOPPING – A lot more cheese. Mozzarella is the excellent topper and I constantly garnish with a pinch of freshly grated parmesan cheese and some fresh herbs like parsley or basil.

Variations

Swap up this baked ziti recipe to your liking with the following:

    • Swap the sausage with turkey sausage or one more ground meat of your selection. Add added seasonings, salt, and a clove of garlic if not employing sausage.
    • Add much more ‘heat’ by adding a dash of red pepper flakes…just a tiny spicy.
    • Add 1/two cup heavy cream to the simmering tomato sauce if preferred.
    • Additional fresh herbs can be added to the cheese mixture or on major ahead of serving.

preparing baked ziti casserole

How to Make Baked Ziti

  1. Brown the sausage and onion more than medium-higher heat (per the recipe under). Add sauce components and simmer.
  2. Cook the pasta in a substantial pot of salted water.
  3. Combine the cheese mixture in a tiny bowl.
  4. In a greased baking dish, layer sauce, ziti, and the ricotta mixture.
  5. Prime with the remaining shredded mozzarella and bake till the cheese is melted and bubbly.

baked ziti casserole ready to go in the oven

How Lengthy to Cook Baked Ziti

This uncomplicated Baked Ziti recipe is essentially cooked so the baking is to blend the flavors, heat every thing by way of and of course, melt the cheese. Cook it uncovered till the major appears bubbly and browned!

    • 350°F for 30-35 minutes
    • 375°F for 25-30 minutes
    • 400°F for 20-25 minutes

Ideas for a Excellent Baked Ziti

  • Use a substantial sauté pan so the sauce can simmer without having overflowing.
  • Cook the pasta al dente (a tiny undercooked) as it will continue to cook as it bakes.
  • This dish can be baked in any substantial casserole dish.
  • Prime with fresh basil or parsley for serving.
  • To make Baked Ziti ahead of time, prepare as directed and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. You might require to add an added five-ten minutes baking time if your recipe is chilly from the fridge.
  • If preferred, this can be divided into two 9-inch baking dishes and half can be frozen. Thaw overnight in the fridge and bake till hot and bubbly.

To Reheat Baked Ziti use either the microwave or pop it back in the oven on low, slow heat. Reheating baked ziti does not alter the texture or the flavor, but adding an added layer of shredded mozzarella to the major freshens it up just a bit!

baked ziti casserole in a white dish

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Uncomplicated Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti has layers of zesty meat sauce, ricotta cheese and tender ziti noodles baked till golden.


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  • Preheat oven to 375°F

  • Brown ground sausage and onion breaking up till the sausage is pretty fine. Drain any fat.

  • Add in Italian seasoning, water, tomatoes and pasta sauce. Simmer ten-15 minutes or till thickened.

  • Meanwhile, boil ziti in salted water till al dente. Drain and rinse.

  • In a tiny bowl, mix ricotta, egg, parsley, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese.

  • Add a thin layer (about 1 cup) of sauce to the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. Layer half of the ziti, major with all of the ricotta, and half of the sauce.

  • Add remaining ziti, remaining sauce, and major with cheese.

  • Bake 25-30 minutes or till golden and bubbly.

  • Use a substantial saute pan so the sauce can simmer without having overflowing.
  • Cook the pasta al dente (a tiny undercooked) as it will continue to cook as it bakes.
  • If employing ground meat in addition to sausage, add further seasonings, salt & a tablespoon of olive oil to the sauce.
  • Prime with fresh basil or parsley for serving.
  • To make Baked Ziti ahead of time, prepare as directed and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. You might require to add an added five-ten minutes baking time if your recipe is chilly from the fridge.
  • If preferred, this can be divided into two 9-inch baking dishes and half can be frozen. Thaw overnight in the fridge and bake till hot and bubbly.

Calories: 598, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 1257mg, Potassium: 816mg, Fiber: fourg, Sugar: eightg, Vitamin A: 1005IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 485mg, Iron: three.sixmg

(Nutrition facts offered is an estimate and will differ primarily based on cooking strategies and brands of components employed.)

Course Principal Course, Pasta

Cuisine Italian

To Freeze Baked Ziti

Like most casseroles, baked ziti can be frozen effectively. If you are freezing the complete casserole in a single piece, be positive to line the dish with aluminum foil ahead of assembling and baking, then, when it is chilled, freeze in the pan and then get rid of the casserole and wrap it in aluminum foil and plastic wrap, label, and location in the fridge.

Or, portion into smaller sized pieces and place in freezer bags, label, and freeze! Uncomplicated peasy lunch for college or function!

Baked Ziti on a plate with cheese
Baked Ziti with cheese baked shown with a title

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