Dana’s favorite meal of all time is baked ziti. I have never made it, so I decided to tackle it. I used a basic marinara sauce and then went from there. My first problem was that the local grocery stores did not carry ziti. They carried penne and rigatoni. I opted for the bigger rigatoni noodles. It turned out to be a great choice. Dana loved it and gave the recipe two thumbs up.
Bake Ziti – (From Jane Duffin)
- 1 lb box ziti, rigatoni, tortiglioni or penne
- 3 cups marinara or 24oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce
- 15oz tub ricotta cheese
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese
- 2 oz freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
- 13×9 pan
- Aluminum Foil
- Non-stick cooking spray
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large pot, boil 6-8 quarts of water and cook the pasta till partially done. For ziti or rigatoni cook for 10 minutes and drain.
Grease a 13×9 pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl combine the marinara sauce and the ricotta cheese.
Mix well until the cheese is thoroughly blended. Make sure not to have any huge ricotta lumps.
Add the drained pasta to the pan. Then pour the marinara and ricotta mixture over the top. Also add half of the mozzarella cheese.
Top the pasta with the remaining mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is browned.
Serve with some garlic bread and you have a great meal.