Easy Baked Ziti

There was a large Italian community in New York where I grew so baked ziti was a popular meal I was raised on. It was served at virtually every carbo-load team dinner in high school, and recipes were quickly passed between families. My version is super easy to prepare and really delicious. I don’t really have amts in this recipe, here’s my best attempt:

Easy Baked Ziti
Layer the following ingredients in a casserole dish (bottom to top):

homemade marinara sauce or good quality store bought (my mom uses a meat sauce)
slightly undercooked ziti noodles
small spoonful drops of ricotta cheese (not too much)
thin layer of mozzarella cheese (not too much)

Repeat this layering sequence at least twice and top with more mozzarella cheese. Bake covered at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, removing the top and broiling the last few minutes to make sure the top is crunchy and sauce is bubbling up.


this sounds and looks so good! Do you think it would freeze well, I am starting to think of ideas to freeze for after my 4th is born.

i'm making this tonight! its all ready and am heating up the oven now 🙂

That looks good AND I have home made marinara in my freezer right now! Some day you'll have to post Aaron's home made marinara recipe, so yummy and perfect for stock piling in the freezer.

baked ziti reminds me of home…NJ. this looks so good. i'm ready for cold weather food.

wow, this looks delicious and it does look really easy. thanks!

That looks good, and it's not the fact that it's my lunchtime. (: Glad I stumbled on your blog. I'll be trying this one out!

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