Rating: 4.61 stars
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Great ziti dish for any lover of pasta. Easy to make and 'wows' the crowd.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook ziti in boiling water until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 13 minutes; drain. Rinse ziti with cold water until cool; drain.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Mix ziti, ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, egg, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

  • Spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce into the bottom of a 2 1/2-quart shallow baking dish. Pour ziti mixture into the dish. Top with remaining 1 1/2 cup tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese.

  • Bake in preheated oven until sauce and cheese layer is bubbly and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

415 calories; protein 24.3g; carbohydrates 53.3g; fat 11.5g; cholesterol 59.9mg; sodium 1140.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (34)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2012
This was so good and will definitely be added to our regular dinner rotation. I did make a few changes based on personal preferences and what I had available. I added some oregano, basil and garlic powder to the cheese mixture because that's what I do when I make my lasagna filling. I made a few substitutions: penne instead of ziti; mixed grated Italian blend cheese for the mozzarella and used jar spaghetti sauce instead of plain tomato sauce. Lastly I sprinked a combo of freshly grated parmesan, asiago and romano cheese on top instead of just parmesan. Next time I going to bake in a 9x13" baking dish because it was just a bit much for a 2.5 quart and it took about 10 minutes longer to bake but I think a larger baking dish would eliminate the extra baking time. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2012
I made this exactly how it stated. It was ok. It was bland, could have used some good seasonings. I think with some garlic, onion powder, a little more salt, and Italian herbs, this could be really good. I would have also added more cheese (it's a little dry). My kids and hubby thought it was pretty bland compared to other Italian dishes. Read More
(18)
61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 42
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2012
This was so good and will definitely be added to our regular dinner rotation. I did make a few changes based on personal preferences and what I had available. I added some oregano, basil and garlic powder to the cheese mixture because that's what I do when I make my lasagna filling. I made a few substitutions: penne instead of ziti; mixed grated Italian blend cheese for the mozzarella and used jar spaghetti sauce instead of plain tomato sauce. Lastly I sprinked a combo of freshly grated parmesan, asiago and romano cheese on top instead of just parmesan. Next time I going to bake in a 9x13" baking dish because it was just a bit much for a 2.5 quart and it took about 10 minutes longer to bake but I think a larger baking dish would eliminate the extra baking time. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Read More
(48)
Rating: 3 stars
09/27/2012
I made this exactly how it stated. It was ok. It was bland, could have used some good seasonings. I think with some garlic, onion powder, a little more salt, and Italian herbs, this could be really good. I would have also added more cheese (it's a little dry). My kids and hubby thought it was pretty bland compared to other Italian dishes. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
01/26/2014
This was a good base but I tweaked things. I added salt pepper garlic powder oregano and basil to the tomato sauce and ziti mixture. It was tasty but came out "watery". I also used part skim ricotta cheese. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2016
I think this is a great base recipe that leaves a lot of room for your own twists and preferences. I used Rao's jarred marinara sauce Sargentos 6 cheese blend instead of mozzarella and a tsp of my own Italian seasoning blend...along with a pinch of red pepper for a bit of heat. I found it very helpful to slightly undercook the pasta a bit because it will continue to cook in the oven and I didn't want it to turn to mush. I added both the cheese blend and Parmesan cheese on top as we like a lot of cheese in our baked pasta dishes. I didn't bother to measure the cheese on top - I just kept adding until it was covered to my liking. I baked it until the dish was bubbly and the top slightly browned (we like a good crust).. Everyone in my family loved it and my sons actually went back for thirds! I will definitely be making this again...easy fun and delicious!! Thanks for a great recipe.:) Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2016
Love this easy ziti recipe. Made some changes added some extra Ricotta used our own sauce added no egg-salt-or pepper (already in our sauce). Baked at 350 for 30 min in a 3 gt dish. Fantastic. Almost forgot used an extra couple ounces Ziti. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2019
This is great recipe! Easy and delicious. My 3 year old loved it and he's generally a pretty picky eater so it made me very happy to see I'm enjoying it so much and asking for seconds! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2017
I made this with just a couple of changes. (I know I know.) I used a jar of Emeril Garlic pasta sauce and 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce 1.5 pounds of ground beef and a can of mushrooms. I left everything else the same. Recipe was easy and got rave reviews from my bible study group. Will make again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2018
As others suggested I added Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the tomato sauce. I also swapped marinara sauce for the 2 1/2 cup portion. I doubled the mozzarella in the ricotta mixture and sprinkled more on the top before the Parmesan. We love this dish and how quickly it comes together. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2019
family liked it a lot very cheesy great with garlic bread! Read More