Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baked Ziti

Tonight I was in the mood for a pasta dish. I had ziti in my pantry, so I thought "Let's have baked ziti." I haven't made this before. I looked up a few different recipes and came up with this.

Here are the ingredients:

  •  1 1/2 lbs ziti, uncooked 
  • 1 jar favorite tomato sauce (I used Bertolli Marinara) 
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 
  • 1 15 oz container part-skim ricotta cheese 
  • 2 cups or so of shredded mozzarella 
  • Parmesan cheese 

Here's what I did:

I cooked the pasta until it was just about done. A bit past al dente. Then, drained the pasta. I put the pasta back into the pot I cooked it in and added the sauce, diced tomatoes, ricotta and about a cup or so of shredded mozarella. Just stir this up until it is well mixed. I then poured the entire pasta mixture into a large baking dish that I had sprayed with cooking spray. Then, topped the pasta cheesy goodness with more mozarella and grated Parmesan cheese. I baked it at 350 for 25 minutes (or until the cheese is melted and looks yummy.)

Here's what it looked like:

Did I enjoy it? I did. It was quite tasty!

Would I recommend it? I would!

Will I make it again?  I will. I think I will put more sauce in it the next time I make it though. And I will use a different sauce...still a marinara, just not the Bertolli that I used in this batch.

If you make it, or if you have had it, let me know what you think! Or let me know if you do a variation on it...I'm always looking for new things to cook!!!

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