Homemade baked ziti can turn out dry if you don’t follow some key steps. It is a hearty, delicious and inexpensive dish, so shouldn’t it be amazing? Find out how to make a baked ziti that people will remember you for!
Do you love the taste of perfectly cooked pasta, marinara sauce and the ooey cheesy comfort of lasagna but not all the work? Then baked ziti is your answer!
It is possible to get this classic comfort food out of the oven and onto your plate in under 1 hour, but more importantly, I am going to also share with you how I keep my ziti moist and from drying out in the meantime.
But first let’s talk cheese ….
WHAT CHEESE SHOULD I USE IN MY BAKED ZITI?
Ah….. the ever popular question … what kind of cheese(s) should you use in your ziti? I have made ziti more times that I can count, with probably every combination of cheeses out there.
While most ziti’s can be made using just one type of cheese, usually mozzarella, it lacks any depth or imagination. I have landed on the following cheese ratio and the more I make it, the better it seems to get.
This ziti uses FOUR cheeses:
- Mozzarella – 8 oz.
- Parmesan – 1 cup
- Ricotta – 1 cup
- Provolone – 8-12 slices from the deli
Yes friends, the secret cheese is …. provolone! However, each cheese is just as important as the next.
- Mozzarella – obviously for its meltability.
- Parmesan – for it’s saltiness.
- Ricotta – go out of your way to find an Italian ricotta cheese. It has a sweeter flavor where the American version tends to be saltier and moister.
- The Provolone cheese, however, is the unexpected surprise in this dish. Provolone has a mild and creamy texture. Purchase it in SLICES as pictured below.
HOW TO KEEP BAKED ZITI FROM DRYING OUT
Four key culprits to a dried out ziti are:
- there is not enough sauce,
- the noodles aren’t cooked until JUST AL DENTE and overcook while baking,
- the noodles aren’t thoroughly and evenly coated with sauce, or
- the edges of the noodles are exposed and subject to drying out.
When I say the pasta should be cooked until al dente what I mean by that is the pasta should be cooked for about 6 minutes. The pasta has gotten softER, but it still has a bite.
If the pasta is cooked fully it can easily overcook while baking becoming mushy. If it is UNDERCOOKED, it will continue to cook while baking, soaking up the sauce, resulting in a dried out ziti.
Cook the pasta in salted water over a SLOW BOIL. Violently boiling pasta noodles will break them down. A lot of bubbles on top of the water doesn’t allow for proper ventilation of the steam underneath, which results in a frothy foam on top.
HOW TO LAYER BAKED ZITI
Next up, is what I call the layering effect.
Stir half the noodles with of the sauce in the baking dish until the sauce completely coats the noodles.
- Add a few dollops of ricotta cheese on top,
- Next, add the slices of provolone cheese and top with the mozzarella.
- Repeat this one more time, beginning with the sauce and layering with the cheeses.
- Cover the pasta in sauce, ensuring the ends are not poking out and they are completely covered.
- Top the ziti off with some freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake it UNCOVERED at 375° for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melty and gooey.
Since the penne noodles were already par boiled, the actual cooking time is mainly spent melting the cheeses. This should only take about 30 minutes, if the oven is adequately pre heated.
The ziti can also be popped under the broiler to get that bubbly browned cheese on top, if desired.
Can I freeze this? Yes. Bake the ziti and allow it to cool on the counter until it reaches between close to 70°F (no longer than 2 hours). NEVER place a hot item in the fridge to cool ‘quickly’. Once the ziti is cool, cover with foil and freeze.
How do I reheat frozen ziti? If time permits, take the ziti out of the freezer 24 hours before cooking. This should allow enough time for it to thaw. Then cook as usual. This CAN be cooked frozen also. Simply place aluminum foil over the ziti and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until a knife inserted comes out hot and the cheese is completely melted.
Should I cover ziti as it’s cooking? That depends. To prevent the pasta from “steaming” and to allow the top to brown it should be baked uncovered. As long as ALL the noodles are thoroughly covered in sauce there shouldn’t be a problem with the ziti drying out. However, if you want to cover it go ahead. Spray some foil with a little cooking spray to keep the cheese from sticking and cover it only ½ the cooking time, removing the foil the last part of baking.
Can I use a different noodle? If you don’t have ziti noodles, you can replace it with penne noodles. They are thinner and longer but will still capture the sauce inside.
How to Make a Life Changing Baked Ziti
If you follow our steps, you will have a perfectly cooked baked ziti. The noodles will not be over or undercooked, dried out or lack flavor. This will be the only baked ziti recipe you make again!
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Organic Onion, finely chopped (½ cup)
- 3 Cloves Organic Garlic, finely chopped
- 5 Cups Marinara Sauce (about 46 ounces)
- 1–2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Pound Dried Ziti( or penne pasta)
- 1 Cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
- 1 Organic Egg
- ½ Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 8 oz Freshly Grated Whole Milk Organic Mozzarella Cheese
- 8–12 slices Provolone cheese from the deli counter
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat, add 2 Tablespoons of oil and sauté the onion 1-2 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper, cook another minute.
- Add the marinara sauce and heat until hot.
- Meanwhile add the pasta to rapidly simmering, NOT BOILING, water and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 6 minutes or until al dente with a little bite left in it.
- As the pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of sugar if desired.
- Pour a Tablespoon or 2 of olive oil in the bottom of a 9×13 pan and coat.
- Drain the pasta and pour in HALF the pasta and add HALF the sauce. Stir to combine.
- Put dollops of ricotta cheese on top of the pasta. Top it with 4-6 slices of Provolone cheese, then HALF the mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat with the remaining pasta, sauce, ricotta cheese and cheeses ensuring all the pasta is thoroughly covered in sauce.
- Top with fresh Parmesan cheese and bake UNCOVERED at 375 for 30 minutes. Pop the ziti under the broiler for a few minutes at the end to get a nice brown bubbly cheese.
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I don’t know why I haven’t thought of making baked ziti… I used to love going to Sbarro as a teen and getting some. Its been well over a decade since I’ve eaten baked ziti but then one day I remembered it and found this recipe. Let’s just say this recipe is fantastic, better than Sbarro for sure (by a LONG shot), and I just found a new family favorite. My toddler and daughter ate 3 plates each. Made the suggested side (on website) of garlic knots with home made yeast pizza dough. Thank you!
I’d found a baked ziti recipe that I’d been using for years, but I stopped making it as much bc it’s so heavy.. well I went today to look for the recipe and the link was no longer working. I searched high and low for similar recipes. This recipe was its equal. So very delicious.. my whole family ate it.. (well my six year old just picked the noodles out)
This was a great recipe. I used gluten free banza noodles and just made with the cheap brand of cheeses and was still amazing.
Best ziti recipe I’ve tried, ever! That egg in the ricotta is everything. Ziti finally turned out the way I wanted it to! Two thumbs up!
This is an awesome baked ziti recipe! A keeper!!
How many people does this recipe serve? I’m wanting to make it for about 30 people
I would minimum triple the recipe maybe more. With the original recipe I fed 6 ppl and 2 ppl went for seconds.
Wow! The WHOLE family loved this recipe. I added ground meat to mine. It turned out perfectly and with so much flavor! Will be a staple in our house.
I used Newman’s marinara, doubled the amount of garlic, salt/pepper and added Italian seasoning. I also used Penne instead of Ziti lol. It still came out delicious!
I made this for Christmas dinner and all 12 guests loved it. It’s a great recipe! I would make a couple of changes next time,though. I would use 6 slices of provolone instead and cut the provolone slices up somewhat to distribute throughout dish when layering. The reason being that when my guests were dishing up their individual portion, the provolone slices of cheese were very stringy making it hard to get off the serving spoon. The other change I would make is to use a pan larger than a 9×13(or one 9×13 plus a smaller one) if you add 1 lb of Italian sausage to recipe, which I highly recommend. My 13×9 pan was almost overflowing and I was afraid I would have oven spills, so I transferred a small portion of the ziti into a one quart casserole and that did work. I can see why the 9×13 deeper aluminum foil pan shown in your recipe photo would work better for me next time. Also, you mentioned that you used Rao’s Marina sauce (Aldi’s). It was an excellent suggestion. Thanks again for making our Christmas dinner in 2022 very Italian!
I had never made baked ziti before but I was hosting my first holiday gathering last week and decided to give this a shot. It was a huge hit! It was so easy to make and everyone loved it! My boyfriend requested it again for Christmas Eve dinner. I didn’t have the time or energy to make sauce so I used a couple of jars of Rao’s marinara. Delicious!
I couldn’t find ricotta at the store, probably because of all of the lasagnas being made for Christmas. I’m going to sun cottage cheese. The recipe is so good, I have no concerns about the small change.
I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!
Hi Erin! I’m so happy everyone liked it!
I read every comment before making this and I was sure I would find some modifications. There really weren’t any besides adding meat or sausage, so I made it just as written. It was beyond our expectations. Who knew baked ziti would be this outstanding just following a different recipe. This one is a keeper Debi.
Can I make it two days ahead? I need it Wednesday, but company comes tomorrow so I’d like to prep it today.
Having 20 people for Christmas. Your 3x recipe still shows 9×13 pan. Do I make three or can I change dish size to accommodate 2 pans? If two pans, what size pans should I use to get the same result? Thank you.
if you are tripling the recipe then you will need to triple the pans. You can possibly get a deeper aluminum tray from the grocery (or dollar) store and get away with just 2. But if you’re sticking with a 9×13, you will need 3.
Debi this sounds amazing! I’m making this for Friendmas this weekend. I will be using the steamer pans buffet style for 25 people but we will have dessert and appetizers. How do I alter the recipe when using the 11 3/4x 9 3/8 steamer pans? And thoughts on how many to make. Thanks so much!
This was phenomenal! It was so easy and so delicious. My husband and 12 yr old daughter literally couldn’t stop saying how good it was after every bite. I took the lazy route and used the Bolognese from Trader Joe’s just because I was busy decorating for Christmas and doing laundry and wanted something to throw together. Highly recommend making this. You won’t be disappointed!
wow! Thanks Jess
I made it last night and it was a huge hit. It makes lots, so packaged it up for leftovers and/or freezing. Ten out of ten! Thanks Deb!
Please provide nutritional information
If you need to ask you probably shouldn’t be cooking it obviously its high in calories and fat
Some people count their calories per serving
Thank you for this!!! We tried it (family of 6) and loved it!!! I added Italian ground pork sausage to use in the sauce and it was so good we barely had any leftovers.
Loved the Ziti!! Followed the really easy recipe and it came out perfect. Easy inexpensive and I now have left overs! Thank you for posting this!
I can’t wait to make this next week for a party. I don’t think 1 will be enough but 2 will be too much. So I will cook both and then freeze the leftovers. How do I reheat the frozen cooked ziti?
OH, this is by far the best baked Ziti ever, The Ricotta & Provolone just add the best flavor…I made a homemade sauce with lots of Basil….this is so cheesy & saucy. It was such a hit. Thank You
But a fan of ricotta…can I substitute cottage cheese?
Hi Eliz – I personally have not used cottage cheese in this recipe but I do know of several people who do use cottage cheese in place of ricotta and love it.
Hi Deb, I am going to make the sauce with San marzano tomatoes. Do I leave out the extra onions and garlic if I am making my own sauce. Thanks Rosalee
Hi Rosalee – if you already have a favorite family sauce recipe that you make then you can certainly use that and omit the onions and garlic.
Hi Deb, I am going to use the recipe you suggested simply home made sauce. In the recipe for the ziti it says to saute onions,garlic and then add the marina sauce. Do I omit that step if my sauce is made already.
OMG! This is a decadent, sinfully cheesy pasta dish. I have made it twice now and It is incredibly delicious. My husband is half Sicilian and half Italian and he loves this baked ziti more than any others he has had. It is rich, creamy and cheesy. I am a very experienced and excellent cook, and I would not change a thing; it is semplicemente perfetto! Un vero vincitore. Even Tony Soprano would kill for this dish, but then he would kill for a lot of reasons!
wow Joy – thank you so much for sharing that with me, especially being a NON Italian. Ha ha! That really made my day, thank you!
I made the baked ziti for Christmas and it was a hit! My family loves pasta and they all said this was the best baked ziti I’ve ever made. I currently have all the ingredients to make it again this weekend! Thank you for sharing your recipe!
I made baked ziti last night and it was so so. Next time I’m going to make this, it sounds delicious and all the comments tell me so! Thanks for another great recipe Debi!
I found my answer thanks
How many people does it serve?
How many people will this serve. I want to make it for a party
I made this and was good but next time I will add Italian sausage, a little more sauce and use the whole small container of ricotta. I froze before cooking because what I made it for got cancelled. So a couple weeks later I took it out and let it sit and than cooked for about 40 minutes. It was good but need a little more sauce and flavor
Hi Linda – anytime you freeze something like this more liquid (or sauce) is added when it gets reheated.
Can you make it the night before? Should you also add more sauce? Should you cook the pasta still just 6 minutes?
Hi Erin! To be honest I prefer my ziti and lasagna to sit overnight before cooking it. Prepare it as written and then you can either refrigerate it or freeze it. I always like a little extra sauce on the side. I wouldn’t add more sauce to the ziti before refrigerating, but you can always add a little more before baking it if you feel it needs it. 🙂
I have made this ziti for 2 parties and everyone loves it!! I have even been asked if it was restaurant bought.
If I make this a day ahead of serving, should I bake it all the way through and then just heat it up the next day? Or prep it one day and then bake it the next day?
Hi Gail – I would prepare this recipe as instructed and cover it tightly with aluminum foil without baking. The next day take it out of fridge 30min before baking (which is about how long the oven will take to full heat up). Then bake as instructed.
Holy smokes that’s easy and delicious! I’ve never made ziti before and I was a little skeptical about the meatless sauce. I shouldn’t have been because I love how the ricotta cheese comes through. Thank you!
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Hi Karen! Welcome aboard!
The ziti was a HUGE HIT! How would you suggest I store the leftovers?
You have leftovers?? Just kidding, I know this recipe makes a LOT. You can either refrigerate it or if you really have a lot left, I let the ziti cool in the fridge and then cut it into single servings using a sharp knife. I then freeze the individual portions to be reheated either in the oven or microwave.
My son has an egg allergy. Would it kill the recipe if I left the egg out?
Hi Kate – you should have no problem leaving the egg out. I hope you enjoy it!
I was really pleased with how this turned out. I did not use sugar and did not think it needed it.
I’m glad it turned out well because it made a ton. We’ll be eating this for days.
Should I freeze before or after cooking?
I went with jarred sauce and I’ll make it myself next time. Too salty and less flavor but other than that, I liked it. The additional layers of cheese and broiling it were perfect.
Hi, if I made your homemade marinara sauce, do I skip the step in the Ziti recipe that asked for onions and garlic? I figured there was some in the sauce already, do I need to add more into the ziti?
How much parmasean cheese? The recipe list says 1/2 cup but the perfect cheese ratio in the post says 1 cup..??
I just read the entire post & recipe instructions. I think listing only 1/2c parmesan is misleading bc she uses more (presumably another 1/2c) on top before baking. U are correct, she does state 1c parmesan in her post, and that’s how I came to the conclusion she uses half in the cheese mixture & puts the other half on top before baking.
Best I ever made. Hubby & I both loved it.
I made this dish..added ground beef to my sauce..mixed it with the ziti,,layered it with all the different cheeses..added cheddar on top also. It was very good!!
Made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS!
Very simple yet delicious recipe! It didnt take long to make and it’s makes A LOT of food. Will definitely be making again. Thank you for sharing!
This is the BEST ziti I have ever had. Thank you for sharing your recipe!!!
thanks Michelle! 😀
Life saver!! Thank you!!
I did not try this but imma assume its good
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Is there a different kind of cheese i can use in place of the provolone?
I added ground beef to mine as well. I ground it up really fine and mixed it with the pasta sauce along with an 8 oz (drained and squeezed) jar of mushrooms!
OMG! This recipe is so good! I have always had issues with my baked ziti being dry. This recipe was so on the money and not dry at all. My family loved it. I will be making this again for a family gathering and keeping this recipe.
How many does this recipe serve
I added a pound of hamb and i think i ciuld have made 2 9×13 pans!
Still looks delicious and my family os a pasta and cheese family!!
This recipe does make a LOT of pasta!
was great just make sure you don’t mind a lot of cheese!
I made this last night for dinner and it was a hit! I added a pound of hamburger and it turned out great. Tasted amazing.
Just made this recipe and can hardly wait for dinner. Really easy to make. I think next time I will add Italian Sausage.
I made this last night and it came out fabulously. I was a little nervous because of the comment above about the cheeses, but my family loved it. I have one son who is not a big melted cheese fan (not sure how he’s my kid?), but even he enjoyed it–and my other son raved about it. My husband and I both agreed it was probably the best baked ziti we’d ever had. I may try adding Italian sausage next time, as some of the other commenters noted, but the baseline recipe is fantastic. Thank you!
I’d like to make two 8×8 pans. Would you change any of the measurements? Can’t wait to make this, it looks delish! Thanks 🙂
Sorry but I thought this was simply awful. I am a lover of all cheeses but this recipe calls for way too much. Provolone and mozzarella, both relatively flavorless just made a globby mess around the pasta. I would never follow this recipe again.
Siri, I really read your comments, but if you like the flavor leave out some of the cheese. I have done this and it was great. I use Parmesan, Asiago and added some fresh ground nutmeg
I love cheese so take my notes with a grain of cheesy salt 🙂
It’s only 8oz of mozz. I can see people putting in a whole 16 oz block by mistake as that’s what most baked 1lb pasta recipes usually call for. Also, if you look at the pics, the slices of provolone are thin. Adding 1 cup of ricotta is that much either. It’s definitely not an absurd amount of cheese.
So delicious, my fam loves it! The layers make this common dish better than the average.
I always freeze my ziti before I bake it. Is there a reason why you say to bake it first? I’m making it to take on vacation so I don’t have to cook and I don’t want to mess up! Thanks!
Turned out perfect and was a big hit!! I did add ground Italian sausage
I got more praises than an Italian kitchen and I also added Italian hot turkey sausage and ground turkey meat.
This was amazing! My husband actually ate leftovers a few nights (he rarely eats leftovers).
I’m making this tonight. Do you think using half diced tomatoes and half sauce will work?
This recipe is amazing! The cheeses worked well together! I did add a half pound of ground beef and we loved it! I will definitely make this again!
My daughter made this recently and it was the biggest hit! She used Rao’s marinara sauce. Everyone was asking for the recipe! Delicious!!
Cannot say enough good things about this recipe!! Followed recipe step by step exactly and ended up with the most delicious baked ziti!!!! So moist, perfectly crisp on the top, and each bite more delicious than the last.
Really appreciate the tips on perfectly cooking the pasta and the addition of provolone!
thank you jenny!
I followed all your tips and it still ended up dry the flavor was perfect though, my husband and kids loved it! I would add a little more sauce next time
keep trying Kaylie – everyone’s oven temp is a little different, the size pan you use, amount of sauce, etc. Just keep notes of what you did and keep tweaking it.
This was amazing! We loved all the cheeses! I was hesitant about only cooking the pasta for 6 minutes but it totally worked! I skipped the garlic and onion and it was still great! Can’t wait to make again!
Just want to make sure I’m reading correctly as I’m making this for a friend, the first layer of sauce and pasta is mixed together first, not layered. Then layer the cheeses. The second layer of pasta and sauce are separate not mixed together like the first layer?
What a technique you use layering and not overcooking the pasta. SO there’s more I can say but I haven’t eaten and you’ve made me hungry!!
What if my broiler does not work? Is this step a must?
I’ve made this twice now and love it! I want to make it and freeze it to have for after baby #2 is here in a month. Would I freeze it before it’s cooked or after? I’m leaning towards before… But I don’t have a lot of experience freezing meals. Any suggestions?
What size pan do you recommend? Thanks!
You said the water should be simmering NOT boiling. Should the water be simmering on medium-high with the top on or off? Won’t it take longer for the noodles to cook if the top is off? Don’t wanna overcook the noodles. Thanks for your response.
Hi Shon – the point I was trying to make is people tend to rapidly boil pasta which changes the texture and structure of it. Just reduce the heat a little. I don’t use a top and it doesn’t necessary add any more time. Just do a taste test before draining. I hope that helps!
Can I prep and freeze? Or do I need to cook throughly and then freeze? I want to prep tonight and serve in 2 days – taking on a 5 hour drive in between. If I can just prep and refrigerate then cook before serving, that would be great.
Hi Lynda – yes you can freeze this recipe. To do so, cook completely and let it cool. Cover with a double layer of foil and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat it, take it straight from the freezer and bake at 350°F for at least one hour. Remove the foil and test the inside of the pan with a knife to see if it has been heated through. Hope that helps! Debi
Made this on Sunday and although I misread and added the mozzarella to the ricotta mixture, it turned out great. So much so that my Mother In Law has seconds and said it was excellent! Will definitely make this again!
If I double the recipe, will that change the cook time or temperature?
no Amanda it shouldn’t change it much. I would check after 30 minutes to see if the middle has gotten hot. If it hasn’t you may want to cover it with foil and continue checking every 5 minutes after that. Regards, Deb
Hey! I suck at making my own red sauce, what store bought brand is the best for this recipe as a base?
I’m also wondering if adding meat would require more sauce?
I made this for my sisters birthday party. It was a huge hit. So many compliments. Its a keeper
What brand marinara sauce do you use for this recipe?
Hey Debby! I’m making about 4 trays of this for a party on Saturday. Am I able to prep It all today besides Bake it and store until then?
yes you should be fine. Let me know how it goes. That’s a LOT of ziti!
If I want to add meat to the sauce do you think I need more than 5 cups of sauce or it will be ok and not dry out
Just delicious….made as directed…in frig uncooked overnite and then baked and taken to friends holiday open house next day…..enjoyed by all! Thank you for the very helpful detailed instructions. And thanks for a great recipe!
I’m so glad everyone liked it Linda! I’m making it tonight for Sunday dinner. Debi
I really want to make this as I’m Italian and always looking for good recipes. But how does 1 lb feed 8 people? It feeds two in my experience since it’s about four cups.
Hi April. I usually serve a large salad and toasted garlic bread or knots with this. It is very filling so I usually get 8 servings out of this recipe.
If I freeze this what would the time/temp be for cooking?
Hi! I plan on making this for Christmas Eve, how many does this recipe serve?
This will feed 8 people a big portion or 10 people a smaller portion.
How much pasta? How many does this feed?
Jessica this ziti can serve between 8-10 servings
Is there anything that you would suggest to substitute for the ricotta? and please no cottage cheese. I really do not like either of these.
There really is no good substitute for ricotta cheese in my opinion. There is always cream cheese or Greek yogurt, but baked ziti does not require ricotta cheese. You can make it without.
Hi which Italian ricotta did you use?
What kind of marinara sauce should be used?
You can use any marinara sauce. I used this https://happilyunprocessed.com/simple-homemade-spaghetti-sauce/
This marinara sauce is the bomb diggity– I will never use another marinara again– i did use 1 tablespooon of brown sugar for a double batch, but next time I will leave the sugar out completely. Thanks for an incredible sauce.
Hi Deb, I am going to make the sauce with San marzano tomatoes. Do I leave out the extra onions and garlic if I am making my own sauce. Thanks Rosalee
Looking forward to making this! If I made the day before, do I fully cook and heat up day of? Or.. prep and wait until day of to cook?
Hi Anne – my answer depends on your circumstances. If you can wait to cook it then that would be my first option. However, if you have to make it in advance you can do so. Just prepare the ziti, stopping before baking. Cover it with an oiled piece of aluminum foil and refrigerate. When ready to cook it, take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before putting it in the oven and bake as directed.
Now I know why 70,000 people pinned this !!!
Best ziti ever and we didnt even miss the meat!
How many people does this serve?
Fantastic! Five stars. Great recipe debi And you are right making baked ziti sounds simple but it isn’t. your recipe with the step-by-step instructions make it foolproof for anybody to make that’s why I love your website so much
This recipe is delicious. My family loved it and asked that I make it again. I substituted gluten free penne, which is the only change I had to make to make the recipe gluten free.
What brand marinara sauce do u use? Thanks!
If I am making the night before to cook the next day (so stored in the fridge) how long do you suppose I should plan on cooking it for?
Hi Toni – I would take the ziti out 30 minutes before baking it and bake it the same amount of time. A good way to know if it’s hot all the way through is to insert a knife and hold it there for a few seconds and if it’s hot, it’s done.
We made this for dinner today. Delicious, the kids and adults loved it. I am making this again for Christmas family get together.
Would this freeze well?
yes! that’s the best part !!!
Delicious!!!! Very easy to make!
I’m assuming the egg gets whipped in the ricotta??
Yes it is listed in step 5
Fantastic recipe and technique. Thanks so much for sharing. I made one “improvement” by adding slightly more sauce and 1/2 lb spicy Italian sausage and 1/2 lb ground beef.
This was delicious! I wish it would let me post a picture. I don’t cook very often but when I do I always use deli fresh cheeses as per recipe. I used about 4 ounces of extra sauce (San Marzano) and mixed the pasta and the sauce together before layering to make sure the pasta was well-costed without messing up my pan. I used a large white ceramic pan. I thought about adding meat because we are carnivores but I decided not to. I’m glad I didn’t because the cheese was very hearty meat and would have detracted from the overall favor and texture. I added fresh basil but otherwise I followed the recipe to a T. This is definitely a dish I look forward to serving to company.