My grandma’s baked ziti will quickly become a family favorite. Easy vegetarian comfort food that you can make ahead or freeze for later!
I make (and photograph) a lot of recipes that don’t ever make it to the blog.
Sometimes it’s because the pictures aren’t that great.
Sometimes I need to tweak the recipe.
Some times it’s because there’s no amount of tweaking that will make it taste good and I didn’t figure that out until I had taken 95 pictures of it.
And then sometimes, good recipes I meant to post get lost in the shuffle. This recipe is one of those.
I’m kind of surprised this wasn’t the very first recipe I ever posted to the blog. (Though my first post was not surprisingly still in the carb family).
This baked ziti used to be my signature dish. Whenever I would invite people over for dinner, this was my go-to recipe. The recipe comes from my grandma (though she wants me to clarify it came from my grandpa’s side of the family in NY) and is so simple and fool-proof, I never saw a need to make anything else.
I still have the original email from her from nearly 10 years ago, which would have been when I moved into my first college apartment. I would pop this in the oven along with some Sister Schubert dinner rolls, maybe buy a frozen vegetable dish to heat up to go along with it and I was done.
Even after I started to branch out more and started this blog, I have still made this recipe a few times and it never fails to disappoint. (Now I’ve just upped my game with homemade marinara sauce, homemade bread, and homemade veggie sides.)
Prep time is minimal and feeds an army, or at least 12 very hungry people. For dinner parties I usually just make one big casserole dish (14×10 “), but you can also split it into two and freeze one or both to bake later.
The layers seem like a mouthful (get it? aren’t I funny?) but it’s pretty easy: a little sauce, half the (cooked) ziti, ricotta cheese mixture, a little more sauce, the rest of the ziti, the rest of the sauce, sprinkle shredded cheese. Pasta perfection.
See it in action:
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This baked ziti will quickly become a family favorite. Easy comfort food that you can make ahead or freeze for later!
10 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 1 lb box of ziti
- 1 24-ounce jar of spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade marinara sauce )
- 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
- 3 eggs
- 2 8-ounce packages of shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Boil/cook ziti according to package instructions.
- In a medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs and 1 package of the shredded cheese. Set aside.
- In a casserole dish (I use a 14x10 " dish, or you can use 2 8x8 " dishes), spoon a small amount of sauce to slightly cover bottom of dish.
- Spoon in half of ziti, then evenly spread the ricotta cheese mixture on top. Pour more sauce over ricotta cheese (saving about 1 cup of sauce for final layer).
- Add the rest of the ziti, and layer remaining 1 cup sauce over it. Sprinkle the other package of mozzarella cheese on top.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
- Serve with italian bread and salad.
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