Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Easy Baked Ziti

One of the first things I learned to cook was baked ziti. It is by far my favorite food. Whenever I go out for Italian I order it and I strongly judge restaurants by their ability to make it! Now, there are countless baked ziti recipes floating around out there. Some call for cottage cheese, some call for eggs, some call for yogurt, etc. This recipe is 4 ingredients and it is delicious. Is it fancy? No... but when you work all day this is the perfect end to the busy day!

This recipe made about 4 or so servings. It was great for dinner and I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow at work! Now onto my long list of 4 ingredients... (I should mention I didn't measure, this is really just estimates. I think it is pretty close though!)

3/4 box ziti or penne
1 cup of ricotta cheese
2 1/2 cups of marinara sauce (I use my homemade recipe that I will post at a later date, but jarred or any sauce would work)
1 cup of mozzarella cheese

1- Cook pasta until done, strain and set aside. In a baking dish combine pasta, 2 cups of sauce, ricotta, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Mix well. Once mixed, top with remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
2- Bake at 350 covered for about 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 5-10 minutes to crisp the top.
3- Pour remaining sauce over ziti, let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

1 comment:

  1. I normally don't like stuff that's to cheesy but this hit the spot.