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Cheesy Baked Ziti Recipe

Cheesy Baked Ziti Recipe

Every time I make this recipe, I am pleasantly surprised since the results far exceed the effort. This casserole is perfect for a simple family meal, but also hearty enough to serve guests. This is fast comfort food that is sure to please everyone at your table. 

Tip: Just add a tossed salad for a complete meal in a snap. Also, leftovers will freeze well. 

Serves: 6 Preparation Time: 20 minutes Baking Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/2 pound dried ziti
  • 15 or 16 ounces ricotta cheese (part skim)
  • 3 cups (or 12 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cups (or a 26-ounce jar) spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the ziti. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes, drain the pasta.

Place the ziti in a large bowl. Mix with the ricotta and half of the mozzarella. Grease a 9 x 13-inch casserole dish. Spread half of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the pan. Add the ziti mixture and cover with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan and the remaining mozzarella.

Bake uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until the casserole bubbles on the edges.