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Baked Ziti Casserole

Baked Ziti Casserole

Meatless baked ziti with ricotta and mozzarella is an easy and comfortable everyday food.
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Course: Pasta, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ziti, or another short cut pasta;
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese;
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes;
  • 1 1/2 cups plus ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided;
  • 1 large egg, beaten;
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes;
  • ½ tsp dried oregano;
  • salt and pepper, to taste;
  • 2 cups tomato sauce;
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, shredded.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F.
  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Pasta shouldn't be completely cooked (it will continue cooking in the oven). Drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • Add ricotta cheese, crushed tomatoes, 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese, beaten egg, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, salt, and pepper, to a large bowl. Then, add ziti and mix until combined.
  • Grease a 9x13 inches baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Then, add 1 cup tomato sauce and spread evenly. Transfer cheesy ziti mixture to the baking dish. Spread evenly. Then, pour the remaining 1 cup of tomato sauce over the ziti layer. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until completely heated, browned and cheese melted. Enjoy!
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