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Easy Baked Ziti (Plus VIDEO)

Baked ziti is a decadently simple pasta casserole perfect for meaty, gooey, cheesy comfort food. This potluck favorite is an absolute crowd pleaser and serves as a hearty side dish or main course.As a fast food staple, it’s easy to throw together.

The ingredients in this recipe are similar to lasagna, but are much easier to put together. One.

Seriously, is there anything better than the smell of cheese, pasta and tomato sauce wafting out of the oven after a long day? I am very happy.

Ready to eat ziti fresh from the oven

What is Baked Ziti?

Ziti noodles are similar to penne pasta, but more fun. Straight cut tube pasta, perfect for sandwiching sauces, meats and cheeses. The tomato sauce base, pasta, meat and cheese are all cooked and baked to perfection with a golden bubbly taste.

recipe ingredients

What you need to make this recipe
  1. meat ・Aromatic marinated bacon and Italian sausage in one pot. Yes Yes! You can also use any cured meat, such as salami or pepperoni with ground turkey. Mix and match your favorites!
  2. aromatic – Bold, tangy and sometimes sweet onions and garlic add depth of flavor and texture to this dish.
  3. time – This herb adds something special to tomato sauces with its earthy flavor with hints of mint. Fresh thyme is fine, but dried thyme is fine too. no time?Rest assured that you will be found thyme substituteand no one knows.
  4. Italian seasoning – A mix of dried herbs adds a delightful Mediterranean flavor to pasta dishes. Italian seasoning For even better recipes.
  5. tomato sauce – Sweet and fresh flavored tomato sauce is the perfect accompaniment to starchy pasta.
  6. bay leaves – A hint of mint and a hint of tea add another flavor to this dish.
  7. Ziti – Tubular pasta with straight cut ends forms the heart and soul of this pasta dish. However, you can use penne, mostaccioli, or macaroni to make an equally delicious casserole.
  8. cheese – Parmesan and mozzarella are mild and perfectly salty to elevate this pasta dish. I tried it with kashkaval (similar to mozzarella, but with sheep’s milk) and it was incredible.

how to make baked ziti

making sauce

make the sauce

  • fry bacon – Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and fry the bacon until golden brown. This may take about 6-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside. (photo1)
  • cook sausage – Place the Italian sausage in the same skillet and cook for about 3-5 minutes or until browned, breaking up any lumps. (Photo 2)
  • add seasoning – If you need more oil, add a little olive oil, then add the onion, garlic, thyme and Italian seasoning – Fry for about 2-3 minutes or until the onion is translucent.
  • add sauce – Stir in tomato sauce and bay leaves. Reduce heat and cook for at least 30-45 minutes. (Photos 3-5)
Mix it all up and put it in the oven

assemble and bake

  • cook pasta ・Boil the pasta al dente (bite-sized pasta) while the sauce is simmering. No one likes mushy pasta, so don’t overcook it. 😝
  • finish the sauce – When the sauce is ready, remove the bay leaves and add the bacon and pasta. (Photo 6)
  • taste test – Do a taste test (my favorite part!) and adjust salt, pepper and seasoning as needed.
  • add cheese – Stir in parmesan and mozzarella, setting aside about ½ cup or more to sprinkle on top. (Photo 7)
  • assembly – Transfer to a greased 2-quart or 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish.
  • cheese topping – Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • bakeuncovered, at 350°F/177°C for about 20-30 minutes or until ziti is heated and slightly browned on top. (Photo 8)
  • holiday – Remove the dish from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes.
  • serve while it’s still hot.
Ziti fresh out of the oven

recipe variations

  1. vegetable delight – Add your favorite veggies (spinach, broccoli, carrots, etc.) for a true à la carte dish.
  2. meat swap – Bacon and Italian sausages can be a meat lover’s paradise with or in place of ham, chicken, ground beef or pork, pepperoni, salami, ground turkey, and more.

tips and tricks

  1. You may have noticed that this recipe does not contain ricotta cheese like many baked ziti recipes. To be honest, the ricotta cheese is a little dry after baking and I prefer to use freshly grated parmesan instead. But you can also use mozzarella, ricotta, cottage cheese, romano and asiago.
  2. After removing this pasta from the oven, let it rest for about 5 minutes to allow the cheese to set and the flavors to develop before serving.
  3. Fresh herbs are the perfect accompaniment to this dish. Chopped fresh parsley and basil looks beautiful and tastes great.

advance instructions

You can do it assemble Refrigerate this baked ziti. 2 days agoWhen you eat it, just put it in the oven and bake it. To be honest, it’s better to put it together the day before.

To move forward, you can: freezing Whole lasagna. If thawing overnight in the refrigerator, bake uncovered at 177°C for approximately 30 minutes. If still frozen, cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour, then remove lid and bake for 20-30 minutes.

How to eat and store

Offering freshly baked ziti straight out of the oven, garnish with fresh herbs More grated parmesan cheese. Parsley and basil are great garnishes.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container refrigerator Stored for and 5 days Also frozen for Three months.

A bowl of insanely delicious baked ziti

FAQ

What is the difference between lasagna and baked ziti?

Grilled Jichi is made with Jichi pasta (small round pasta tubes with straight ends) were baked in tomato sauce and cheese. Lasagna, on the other hand, is layered with pasta dough, sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese. Let’s just say that lasagna is a more methodical and time-consuming version of baked ziti with a different type of pasta.

Do you bake Ziti covered or uncovered?

Cook the baked ziti uncovered to prevent the pasta already cooked in this recipe from steaming and becoming mushy.

How do you say baked ziti in Italian?

If you want it to sound more authentic, call this dish pasta al forno, as our Italian friends do.Literally translated, that is oven baked pastaInteresting side note: Ziti means bride and groom in Italian and this pasta is traditionally served at weddings.

What to eat with baked ziti

I love to serve this dish with bread and salad.Homemade bread is the best, like mine super easy no-knead bread or a batch of delicious garlic knot breadI also like to serve this dish simply wedge salad or flavorful greek salad. oh! And don’t forget to pour a glass of your favorite red wine. 😉

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Conclusion

Super easy Baked Ziti Fazzoli comfort food to make at home is the way to go. Do you have a favorite restaurant knockoff that you love to make? Let us know what it is in the comments.😍

see how to make

This blog post was originally published in August 2018 and has been updated with additional tips, new photos, and videos.

easy baked ziti

This decadently simple pasta casserole is perfect for meaty, gooey, cheesy comfort food. This potluck favorite is an absolute crowd pleaser and serves as a hearty side dish or main course.As a fast food staple, it’s easy to throw together.

instructions

meat

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, fry the bacon until brown and crisp. This may take about 6-7 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

  • Add Italian sausage to same skillet and cook about 3 to 5 minutes or until browned, breaking up any lumps.

sauce

  • If you need more oil, add a little olive oil, then add the onion, garlic, thyme, and Italian seasoning and sauté for about 2-3 minutes or until the onion is translucent.

  • Stir in tomato sauce and bay leaves. Reduce heat and cook for at least 30-45 minutes.

  • While the sauce is simmering, boil the pasta al dente (bite-sized pieces of pasta). If overcooked, it will become mushy.

assembly

  • When the sauce is ready, remove the bay leaves and add the bacon and pasta.

  • Taste and adjust salt, pepper and seasoning as needed.

  • Stir in parmesan and mozzarella, setting aside about ½ cup or more to sprinkle on top.

  • Transfer to a greased 2-quart baking dish or a 13-inch x 9-inch baking dish.

  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.

  • Bake in an uncovered oven at 177°C for about 20-30 minutes or until ziti is thoroughly heated and slightly browned on top.

  • Remove the dish from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes.

  • Enjoy it while it’s hot.

Tips and notes:

  • This recipe does not contain ricotta cheese, unlike many baked ziti recipes. To be honest, the ricotta cheese is a little dry after baking and I prefer to use freshly grated parmesan instead.
  • After removing this pasta from the oven, let it rest for about 5 minutes to allow the cheese to set and the flavors to develop before serving.
  • Fresh herbs are the perfect accompaniment to this dish. Fresh chopped parsley or basil looks beautiful and tastes great.
  • Please note that the nutritional information is approximate and can vary greatly depending on the products used in the recipe.

Nutrition Facts Table:

Serving: 240g| | calorie: 523kcal (26%)| | carbohydrates: 62g (twenty one%)| | protein: 34g (68%)| | obesity: 28g (43%)| | cholesterol: 82mg (27%)| | sodium: 1360mg (59%)| | potassium: 542mg (15%)| | fiber: 3g (13%)| | sugar: Fourg (Four%)| | Vitamin A: 495IU (Ten%)| | Vitamin C: 5.1mg (6%)| | calcium: 515mg (52%)| | iron: 3mg (17%)

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