Baked Ziti Recipe

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! 

Serves 8

Ingredients

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 

Directions

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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