If you like lasagna, but don’t want to bother with the fuss, make Baked Ziti instead! It has the same basic ingredients and taste as a classic lasagna, but is way easier to make. As an added bonus, it makes incredible leftovers, and freezes beautifully.
Servings: 12 servings
- 16 ounce package Ziti
- 2 cups (16 ounces) ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 1/4 cups (4 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 egg
- 8 cups Bolognese Sauce divided
Preheat oven to 375°.
Cook Ziti in boiling water to al dente stage, about 10 minutes. Drain in colander; rinse with cold water. Set aside.
Combine ricotta cheese, 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2-cup (1.75 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese, and egg in a large bowl. Add cooked Ziti; mix to combine. Add 3 cups of the Bolognese Sauce; mix to combine.
Place half of Ziti mixture in a large baking dish. Top with half of remaining Bolognese Sauce and half of remaining mozzarella cheese. Repeat with remaining Ziti, Bolognese Sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle remaining grated Parmesan cheese on top.
Note, if making three smaller Baked Zitis layer each dish as follows: 13 ounces of pasta mixture, 3/4 cup (6 ounces) Bolognese Sauce, 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat for second layer. Top with 1/4 cup (3/4 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375° F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Yield: 10 to 12 servings.
Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 1415mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1265IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 683mg | Iron: 2.6mg