I’ve never been the best cook in the kitchen, so I’ve been trying new dinner recipes to practice my cooking skills. I always fall back on this baked ziti recipe, however. In fact, it was the very first dinner recipe I ever learned to cook, courtesy of my Grandma Roehrs! It’s my favorite entrée to cook for large family gatherings or an evening dinner party with friends. Enjoy!
Coarse salt and ground pepper
16 ounces ziti pasta
2 cups part-skim ricotta
2 large eggs, beaten
1 ½ cup finely grated Parmesan
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella
2 jars (approx. 48 ounces) tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions; drain and reserve.
In a small bowl, combine ricotta, egg, ¾ cup Parmesan, and 1 cup mozzarella; season with salt and pepper.
Use cooking spray on a 9 x 13 glass casserole dish. Spread half the tomato sauce. Top with ziti. Then add the ricotta mixture and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining ¾ cup Parmesan and 1 cup mozzarella. Bake until top is browned and sauce is bubbling for 20 minutes. Cover with tin foil for the last 5 minutes of cooking to prevent the cheese from burning on top.
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