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Homemade Italian Pasta Recipes - Baked Ziti

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Category: Pasta, Italian

 Ingredients List

  • 1 pound of short macaroni like (penne, ziti, rotini, or rigatoni) cooked in heavily salted water 3 minutes less than recommend on the packaging, and drained.
  • 4 cups marinara sauce (homemade or store bought) ”“ Click here for homemade marina recipe
  • 1 (15 oz) container of ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


1. Preheat oven to oven to 350°F

2. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Add about 2 cups of marinara sauce to the dish. Pour in half of the pasta and toss well. Sprinkle with half of the grated cheese, then dollop 1/2 of the ricotta cheese on top of the macaroni. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the shredded mozzarella then repeat the steps by adding the rest of the pasta and the other ingredients, ending with a topping of sprinkled mozzarella.

3. Cover lightly with aluminum foil, making sure the foil is not resting on the cheese and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Then remove foil and bake uncovered for another 10 ”“ 15 minutes until center is warm and bubbling.

4. Remove from oven and let cool 10 -15 minutes before serving.

5. Once I layer in half the pasta with some sauce, I then add some grated cheese, dollop on the ricotta and then top with some shredded mozzarella and then repeat.

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