You can also go ahead and assemble the whole thing and refrigerate until baking. This baked ziti has all of lasagna’s saucy, mozzarella-topped appeal, but is easier to pull off on a regular weeknight. Top the mozzarella with the remaining pasta. I was also missing my dads homecooked meals that I grew up with. Combine the vegetables, pasta, fresh basil, and marinara sauce. I just checked out this recipe and will make it this week for a family gathering. It was super yummy. Spoon half of pasta mixture into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. It’s a rainy chilly day here in the northeast and so I decided to make this veggie ziti! Added flavor boost with some marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms, doubling the fresh basil, and using an Italian cheese mix for 1/2 the cheese (keeping the Mozzarella for the other 1/2 since it creates a nice gooey consistencey), and then topping with 2 TB of parmesan. Hooray! Cover with aluminum foil and bake until the mixture is hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Absolutely delicious! Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray or oil mister. I had to use 16 oz of pasta instead of 8 oz. Love your book and recipes. Made it for my small birthday gathering during lockdown with neighbors, but I had leftovers which I love to have! How did you incorporate the spinach? My best guess would be to double the recipe for my vegan sour cream (also available in my cookbook, page 217) and use 2 cups instead of the cottage cheese. Meatless Baked Ziti: Omit the meat completely or make a vegetarian Eggplant Pasta Bake. Preheat oven to 350ºF. You could roast the vegetables before hand and then assemble + bake when you get back. I think your marina is lighter and fresher than any jarred variety I can find here in Ireland (and probably, back in the states too). I cooked and cooled fresh spinach, wrung out every bit of liquid, chopped it finely and mixed it into the cottage cheese. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and add ziti. Dairy free/vegan note: I’m not sure if this recipe is a good candidate to make vegan, since the cheese offers both volume and structure. Baked ziti is, of course, made with ziti pasta.Ziti is a medium, tube shaped pasta without ribs on the outside of the noodle. We are trying to eat more veggies, no white flour and very low or no sugar. If you are unable to find ziti, penne or rigatoni are good substitute for baked pasta dishes. If you are unable to find ziti, penne or rigatoni are good substitute for baked … Hi Holly! Then add half of the pasta, the ricotta cheese, vegetables, chicken, and 1 cup of the sauce. In the end, I was able to displace half of the ziti (8 ounces) with two pounds (!) Also made the Marinara Sauce using your recipe. Also did freshly grated mozzarella and provolone on top of the layer of ricotta cheese (we are a cheesy couple) Followed the recipe other then that and turned out amazing! Here are a few more reasons to love it: This recipe doesn’t require a long list of ingredients. Pour in the chopped veggie mixture (with excess olive oil from pan) straight from the stove. Thank you for your review, Sara. 1) Cover the bottom of the dish with meat sauce. We are expecting our first child in December! If you do want to make homemade marinara, you’ll need to double my recipe to yield the four cups you’ll need for this ziti. If you made the recipe, please choose a star rating, too. This, however, is absolutely fabulous – not really all that cheesy at all! Part-skim mozzarella is ideal here, since it develops a beautiful golden shade in the oven. DIRECTIONS. 31 Delicious Ground Beef Recipes Easy Baked Ziti With Three Cheeses 73 mins Ratings. Notes Do you have a list somewhere of freezer friendly recipes that you like? Leave the oven on at 425, because we’re going to bake the dish at the same temperature. Yes, this one is a great comfort food! Kate, this is an amazing recipe. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. Easy Baked Ziti with Ricotta is easy to make, ready is under an hour and classic Italian American comfort food! In fact, you want it a little bit undercooked, so cook it for the shortest amount of time offered on the package. I have your cookbook as well, which I love. We SO appreciate them. I appreciate your review. 2) Add pasta and mozzarella, then 3) spread cream sauce and 4) meat sauce on top. It should still have a little bite to it when you drain it, since it will continue to cook while it’s in the oven. Our gluten free corn pasta held up ok, might boil it for an even shorter time next time. Place a clean, rimmed baking sheet on the lower oven rack to catch any drippings. Hi Vanessa! Our free email newsletter delivers new recipes and special Cookie + Kate updates! Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Lindsay of Pinch of Yum came out with a great resource before she had a baby. You’re welcome, Becky! I’m glad you both are enjoying my recipes. We LOVE your recipes too. Make it gluten free: Substitute sturdy gluten-free pasta (such as a corn and quinoa blend). Baked ziti is one of those incredibly adaptable recipes you can change to suit your mood, your family's tastes or the ingredients you have on hand. This was a HUGE hit with the athletic guys in my home! Baked Ziti Recipe With Ground Beef and Italian Sausage 65 mins Ratings. This should take about 5-7 minutes or so. Pour 2 (24-ounce) jars marinara sauce into the baking dish. That’s great to hear, Amanda. I skipped Marinara sauce layer on top layer. My husband loved it!!! Drain off fat. On this one I did do 1% cottage cheese and it worked just great. Dollop 1 cup of ricotta mixture evenly on pasta … Add the 29-oz. Cook the ziti until just al dente, about 10 to 12 minutes, and drain. Roasted vegetables give the best flavor. They offer a lot of surface area, so your vegetables have some breathing room while they roast. To err on the side of caution against overflow, I’ve instructed you to place the baker on a clean rimmed baking sheet when it’s in the oven. DIRECTIONS. Gently toss until the vegetables on each pan are lightly coated in oil. Can this be assembled a day ahead of time then baked or maybe bake half way and freeze for later? In a medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs and 1 package of the shredded cheese. I used Newman’s Own tomato basil sauce instead of fresh basil leaves and it turned out great. Family favorite dinner recipe that tastes like lasagna, but without all the hard work. Fabulous and cheesy to the utmost. Easy Baked Ziti. block) which I used next day to make baguette pizza. In a large oven-proof freezer-proof baking dish, place 1/2 cup of the sauce at the bottom of the baking dish. That has been my experience too with recipes like this if non baking and then freezing. Dog lover. I appreciate your review. Drain pasta and then place into baking pan. We are expecting our first child and would like to get the freezer stocked with healthy meals! This dish has all sorts of tasty textures and was not complicated to put together. We have tried many recipes and they have always turned out good! It was a hit all around and my teens are not easy to please. I used broccoli and a green bell pepper instead of cauliflower and red bell pepper, and added oregano and red pepper flakes to 2 cans of tomato sauce as my “marinara”. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. My husband, sister and I ate the entire pan at dinner last night. Thanks for clarifying! While the sauce is simmering, stir together the ricotta, egg, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, … Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil to pan. Ingredients. I roasted broccoli, yellow onion, and yellow squash. Cook ziti according … Serve the lasagna with a dollop of additional sour cream on top or, better yet, basil pesto. It was amazing. 5) Layer pasta and 6) meat sauce again, cover with 7) cheese and 8) bake until bubbly. I just wanted to thank you for the great directions such as mentioning rack placement and oven temperature. Looking forward to trying your recipe. Always on the lookout for alternate meat proteins too. Didn’t know cottage cheese can taste so good in a casserole. I did freeze it before baking and the result after cooking was a kind of watery ziti. More about Cookie and Kate », Follow us! Add the cooked pasta and shredded mozzarella cheese. Serve with mixed-grain bread and a side of sliced strawberries and bananas. Thanks for the great recipe, made twice since and I love the others I’ve tried, happy to have found your site!! A lot of people use rigatoni pasta in their baked ziti recipes, rigatoni is very similar to ziti, the only difference is that rigatoni has ribs on the outside of the noodle. Thank you for this healthy recipe! When I dreamed up this recipe, I wanted to replace a lot of the pasta with roasted vegetables. What to Serve with Baked Ziti. Replace the ziti with elbow macaroni, penne pasta, or mini penne, or use a similar pasta shape. Top with half of the pasta mixture, and gently spread it into an even layer. If you end up with any stray burnt onion pieces, discard them, and set the vegetables aside. What a great recipe! Amen. Toss gently to mix. Cook pasta according to package directions. How exciting. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (tender), 10 to 12 minutes, or according to the package directions. © Cookie and Kate 2010 - 2020. Great to hear that, Natasha! Serves 2 286 Calories Dietician's Tip: For an alternative to spaghetti with meat sauce, try baked ziti, a tubular-shaped pasta dish, loaded with fresh vegetables. Cook the pasta just until al dente, according to package directions (it will continue to cook while it bakes in the oven, so you want the pasta to still have a little bite to it). Mayo Clinic does not endorse any of the third party products and services advertised. Putting it in my meal rotation! Baked Ziti with Chicken: Replace the ground beef with 1 lb ground chicken or 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been cut into ½ inch pieces. All the ingredients are layered or tossed into a casserole dish and baked in the oven for less than an hour. Hello! I am an avid follower of tour blog. I am a college freshman and my roommate and I decided to stay on campus for Thanksgiving. Good, comfort food. :) Transfer the cooked vegetables to a large bowl. It’s probably a good candidate for freezing before baking, too. In a 4-quart Dutch oven, cook ground beef and shredded carrot over medium heat until meat is brown. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil to pan. (I used sweet potatoes and garlic along with the cauliflower, red peppers and onion. Thank you, Mansi! My dog, Cookie, catches the crumbs. Loved using broccoli in this! Congratulations! Thank you for your review! Add an extra 8-ounce can of tomato sauce for a saucier casserole. Advance preparation: You could roast the vegetables up to 3 days in advance. My husband and I both loved it, and it was a great healthier and more budget friendly alternative to lasagna! Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. If you're looking for an easy comfort food casserole, give this baked ziti with spinach a try. Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization and proceeds from Web advertising help support our mission. I hope you love it as much as I do. I am now making at least 1 recipe of yours a week and couldn’t be happier. It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. Click HERE to save this recipe for Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce to Pinterest!. Place the ziti, uncovered, on top of the baking sheet. Drain the pasta thoroughly. My daughter in law made this baked ziti yesterday for our family dinner, it came out absolutely delicious and everyone loved it ! 1. I don’t normally go for the baked pasta dishes at Italian restaurants, as I find them too rich and cheese-laden. Tried this recipe last night subbing in eggplant, morells, zucchini, red bell pepper and onion. Thanks for your review. I had left over marinara sauce (from the 2x recipe), and mozzarella cheese (from 16 Oz. I doubled the recipe and it was FANTASTIC! Sneak spoonfuls of creamy ricotta cheese into the pasta and vegetables. Make sauce: In a saucepan, melt butter. I think I could squeeze in even more veggies and have it still be creamy and tasty. If only everyone owned these basic half-sheet pans (affiliate link). I used sweet potato instead of cauliflower and cottage cheese instead of ricotta. If you have a question, please skim the comments section—you might find an immediate answer there. I love that it was a hit. Also modified slighly so casserole's layers are a bit more distinct, vs all mixed together, per the following: Don't cook Serve with mixed-grain bread and a side of sliced strawberries and bananas. My roommate and I took action in order to still have a great Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing, Marcus! From now on I will try them and will let you know. Combine the vegetables, pasta, fresh basil, and marinara sauce. Side note: We also love your lentil soup and black bean, quinoa tacos! This was divine! I am so glad I came across this website and will certainly look for more recipes here. This version relies on the flavors of mushrooms and spinach instead. The Spruce Eats. of vegetables. Hi Anita! 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