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Baked Ziti Recipes

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Ziti macaroni is used to make a variety of Italian style baked casseroles. This page contains baked ziti recipes.
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April 7, 2015

Another family favorite and it goes such a long way. I have a very big family and live on a budget. When I make my meals I try to get two meals out of one. I think everyone can appreciate that these days.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb ziti or penne pasta, cooked al dente
  • 2 lb whole milk riccota cheese, or skim, fat free
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 8 oz. bags mozzarella shredded cheese, or skim, fat free
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Italian Sauce
  • 2 large cans (28 oz.) Tuttorosso/with basil - this is my particular favorite, or any canned tomatoes if you have a favorite, crushed tomatoes + 2 half cans of hot water
  • 1 12 oz. can of Hunt's tomato paste
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped fine
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp basil**
  • 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning**
  • 1/4 tsp oregano**
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper**
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary**
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning**
  • 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp of sugar
  • salt if needed- 1/2 teaspoon per large can of tomatoes.
  • 1/2 cup of red wine or red cooking wine (opt)

**Seasonings to your taste; All recipes I suggest to start out with 1/4 teaspoon, until it simmers and then do a test taste and add which ever seasoning you think you need more of.

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Steps:

  1. To prepare sauce, using a large pot, add olive oil, then onions, green & red peppers, and garlic.
  2. Sauté until they are sizzling and start cooking, if they get too hot, remove pan from the burner and put a splash of water to keep from browning.
  3. Add the tomato paste, and 1 can of water, stirring into the vegetables.
  4. Add tomatoes, then the two 1/2 cans of water.
  5. Stirring everything very well, bring to a boil, then turn down to a medium simmer.
  6. Add grated cheese, wine, and all the seasonings. Stirring them in carefully and well, as they will not lump or stick together.
  7. Simmer about 2-3 hours. You can turn this off and keep it covered and the heat will continue to cook the sauce. If the sauce thickens too much, just add an extra cup of water. I like a thin sauce especially if making a pasta dish.
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  9. Using a large roasting pan, layer the bottom with enough sauce to just cover it. This will seem similar to making a lasagna.
  10. Put about 1/3 of the pasta over the sauce. Meanwhile you are mixing your riccota, 1 bag of mozzarella, eggs, and parmesan cheese together. Mix very well. Add 1/2 tsp of each salt and pepper, a sprinkle of parsley and basil.
  11. I use a large spoon and spoon out six spoonfuls of cheese onto the pasta and gently smooth this over.
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  13. Then add another layer of my sauce. Repeat the pasta, sauce, all the cheese mixture, then a layer of sauce in the end. Top with 1 bag of shredded mozzarella across the whole top and a light sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  14. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F. Yummy! Kids will love this!
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February 2, 2011

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. dry ziti pasta, cooked, drained, and kept warm
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 12 oz. mild Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. fennel seed, (optional)
  • 2 (15-oz.) packages Marinara Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 13 x 9 inch baking dish.

Heat olive oil in large saucepan. Add sausage; cook, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Drain. Add mushrooms and fennel; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender. Add sauce; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Remove from heat.

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Add pasta to sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon into prepared baking dish; sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

This page contains cheesy baked ziti recipes. This delicious baked pasta casserole is sure to become a family favorite.

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October 22, 2008

Here's a quick, easy and cheap pasta recipe that can be frozen, and is perfect for these cooler days and nights.

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

Cook ziti until tender, rinse, drain and set aside. Brown ground beef until done. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take a 9x13 inch pan and spread a thin layer of sauce in the bottom. Add in layers the ziti, ground beef, mozzarella, sharp cheddar, Cooper and layer of spaghetti sauce.

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May 9, 2006

Cook ziti according to directions. Drain pasta. Place ziti in large bowl and mix with ricotta (or cottage cheese) . .

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (4 lb. 3 oz.) Prego Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce (7 1/2 cups)
  • 1 box (16 oz.) tube-shaped pasta (ziti), cooked and drained
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook beef and onion in sauce pot until browned. Pour off fat. Stir in pasta sauce, ziti and 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Spoon into 2 (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2) disposable foil pans. Top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 min. or until hot. Serves 12.

TIP: To freeze, prepare ziti but do not bake. Cover with foil and freeze. Bake frozen ziti, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 1 hour or until hot. Or refrigerate 24 hr. to thaw. Bake thawed ziti, uncovered, at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until hot.

By IMAQT1962 from IL

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