I am taking a friend of mine who just had a baby dinner tomorrow after work, so I decided to make dinner for my family too. I knew I wouldn’t feel like making this tomorrow, then driving to PA after work, so I decided to make it tonight. There are a million versions of Baked Ziti out there. Mine is pretty simple, and unfortunately for you (or fortunately) not exact. I tried to measure things, but I just couldn’t do it. Sorry.
What you need:
1 lb box ziti
15 oz ricotta cheese
1lb 10 oz spaghetti sauce
2 cup Italian blend cheese shredded
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
2 1/2 tbsp Parmesan cheese (not exact measurement but close estimate)
garlic salt to taste
oregano to taste
pepper to taste
1/2 cup hot pasta water
Preheat oven 350
boil ziti until tender (I add a little salt to the water)
Drain. (make sure you keep 1/2 cup of pasta water)
In a large bowl, mix sauce, seasonings, ricotta, Parmesan cheese and hot water.
Add ziti and mix.
Add 1 cup of Italian blend cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella. Mix well.
Pour into pan.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
Over with the rest of the remaining shredded cheese (1 cup Italian blend and 1/2 cup mozzarella)
Cover with foil and bake for 40 mins, last 5 mins take foil off and let cheese brown a little. I used the broiler to get it done faster. (Austin was HUNGRY)
I made my family’s first, and then made my friend’s. I had 20 mins left on the timer when I put their dish in the refrigerator. It really isn’t hard work at all!!!
You can make this ahead up to 2 days if kept in fridge, 2 months if frozen. Take out of fridge and cook (may need extra couple mins.)If cooking from the freezer, let it thaw first.
The best thing about this meal is you can change it however you wish. I like mine cheesy, but you don’t have to have that much cheese, you can use different types of cheese, I have seen many that call for provolone. Dad said that he wouldn’t mind meat in it, I personally don’t like meat in my ziti. You could add veggies to it. The possibilities are endless.
If you make this for your family, let me what variation you use!