Wednesday, October 10

Easy Cheesy Winner Dinner

I love this baked ziti recipe.
I found it when we first got married
and I was still just learning my way around the kitchen.
It's easy, we've eaten it a lot,
but it's still a winner
and great for leftovers.
oh. and ava and molly could probably eat this whole pan themselves. in one day. not even kidding.

It's hard to mess up.
Just remember to not add the mozzarella cheese topping
until after it's cooked for an hour.

Oh... and the best part?
You don't have to boil the pasta beforehand
and you don't need special no-boil noodles.
Just dump your ziti right into the cheesy sauce goodness bowl
and it will cook in the oven.

I guess you could add a vegetable...
but I like my baked ziti untainted.
I'd rather eat a side of green beans
and enjoy my ziti just the way it was intended to be.

So here's the details:

1 jar of your favorite sauce (I used a basil red sauce from Cucina Antica I got with a living social deal)
1- 1.5 cups of water (I did about a cup)
1 15 oz container of Ricotta
2 cups of mozzarella
1/4 cup Parmesan (I didn't have this so I left it out. Still tastes good and hey... saves a few bucks without sacrificing much)
8 oz of pasta straight out of the bag/box (They say ziti, I used Trader Joe's whole wheat fusilli- just as yummy)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Set aside one cup of the mozzarella.
Dump everything else into a medium sized bowl.
Stir stir stir.
Dump the mixture into a 9x13 pan.
Cover said pan with tinfoil.
uncooked fusilli in there! don't worry! it will cook!

Cook for 55 minutes.
Take foil off,
add the last cup of mozzarella cheese,
and bake for another 5 uncovered.
uncovered and cheese-ified.

Let sit for 10 minutes.
Eat. Enjoy.
get into my belly now.

Easy, right?
Here's the official link....


  1. This looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!