Baked Ziti

If you’re a fan of cheese and pasta… this one’s for you!! To get us out of the spaghetti rut we’ve been in I thought I’d change it up a bit and do some baked ziti. I was inspired by a pic in a magazine and decided to give it a shot. Here’s how it’s done!

One container of low fat ricotta in a bowl.

I used the now empty ricotta container to slightly beat up a couple of eggs. One less dish I have to wash!!

A little bit of grated parmesan…

Some shredded mozzarella…

A bit of salt and pepper…

Give that all a good stir. If I would have had some on hand I’d thrown in some rough chopped fresh baby spinach but I didn’t. I got over it 🙂

Turn your oven on to 450 and grab a large baking dish or a couple smaller ones. I split mine into to pans so I could freeze half of it for another meal. It’s always nice to have something like this in the freezer in case of emergency… or lack of motivation to cook… Anyway, pour a little sauce in the bottom of the pan, just to cover it.

Some time in there you’ll want to boil up some noodles to al dente. I used Trader Joe’s gluten free brown rice noodles. Pour a good amount of sauce over noodles.

Stir to coat noodles.

Divide up noodles into your baking dishes or pile into a large pan.

Using your hands crumble the ricotta mixture over the pasta.

Mmmmm cheese…

Use what’s left of the sauce to cover the ricotta.

Sprinkle a little parmesan over all that.

Sprinkle a little shredded mozzarella over that… mmmm more cheese… Pop into oven.

Remove from oven when cheese is melted…

and the sauce is bubbling in the corner like this 🙂 Let stand for about 5 minutes.

Pop some of this on a plate with some crunchy cheesy bread and maybe a vegetable to make you feel better 🙂 This is a delicious and easy comfort food that you should throw into your rotation every now and then to beat the spaghetti blues 🙂 Enjoy!!

Baked Ziti (recipe can be easily cut in half)
1 lb pasta cooked al dente
1 container of low fat ricotta cheese (about 15 ounces)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup grated parmesan (1/2 for ricotta mixture, 1/2 for topping)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (1/2 for ricotta mixture, 1/2 for topping)
salt & pepper
2 large jars of spaghetti sauce

Cook pasta to al dente. In a medium bowl mix ricotta, eggs, 1/2 of parm., 1/2 of mozzarella. Season with salt and pepper. Pour enough sauce into baking dish(es) to cover bottom. Pour all but about 2 cups of sauce over cooked and drained pasta. Stir to coat pasta. Ladle pasta/sauce mix into baking dish(es). Using hands crumble ricotta mixture over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining parmesan and mozzarella. Bake at 450 for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling in corners. Let rest out of oven for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to Baked Ziti

  1. This looks extremely yummy! I wish I had the ingredients to make it tonight.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Looks like a arrived a day too early for the evening meal!! Yum!

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