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RECIPE - 19. Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Amy James's baked ziti recipe is a twist on the old noodle layering method. Simply cook your noodles, mix the remaining ingredients together, and dump it all into your casserole dish. With this easier preparation, you'll also arrive at a gooier and cheesier version of the classic dish. Pair it with a salad or a side veggie to round out your next dinner.

About the Contributor:

Amy James is a business professional turned stay at home mom of three. As a young married couple, she and her hubby ate out every night, but in having their first child, they discovered the impossibility of frequent restaurant dining with little ones! She did her research and has not only learned how to cook, but what to cook. Follow her journey and find more family friendly recipes at

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6



  • 1 (16 ounce) box ziti
  • 1 (15 ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) bag shredded Italian 5 cheese blend
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar marinara sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Cook pasta until almost done (still has a slight bite to it). Drain and allow to cool until just warm.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, ½ the mozzarella, ½ the Italian 5 cheese blend, the egg, half the marinara, and salt and pepper (to taste). Add the cooled ziti and combine.
  4. Add the coated pasta to a 13×9 baking dish. Top with the rest of the marinara and then the rest of the cheeses.
  5. Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes, until top is slightly browned.