Delicious Baked Ziti with Cheese



Delicious Baked Ziti with Cheese

Baked Ziti with Cheese is a classic Italian-American comfort food that never fails to delight. The combination of tender ziti pasta, rich marinara sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and melted mozzarella is pure bliss in every bite. This recipe elevates the dish to a whole new level of deliciousness, ensuring your taste buds dance with joy.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ziti pasta
  • 1 jar (24 oz) marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the ziti pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until golden and fragrant.
  3. Stir in the marinara sauce and dried oregano. Let it simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked ziti pasta, ricotta cheese, and half of the shredded mozzarella.
  6. Spread a thin layer of the marinara sauce at the bottom of a baking dish.
  7. Add half of the ziti mixture over the sauce, then top with more marinara sauce.
  8. Add the remaining ziti mixture and cover with the remaining marinara sauce.
  9. Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  11. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
  12. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve hot.

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves: 6

Delicious Baked Ziti with Cheese is a mouthwatering Italian-American pasta dish that combines ziti pasta, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella for a truly comforting meal. Perfectly baked to achieve a golden, gooey top, it’s a crowd-pleaser and an ideal dish for family gatherings or cozy dinners.

Nutritional information (per serving):

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Fat: 24g
  • Saturated Fat: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 75mg
  • Sodium: 800mg

Baked Ziti with Cheese is a hearty, soul-soothing dish that brings people together around the dinner table. The flavors meld beautifully, creating a symphony of tastes and textures that will have everyone asking for seconds. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a comforting meal, this Baked Ziti with Cheese recipe is a guaranteed hit.

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