August 17, 2011

SO EASY Baked Ziti

Don't be fooled by the lack of ingredients in this--it's SO GOOD. I was trying to imitate the baked ziti at Sbarro's. When I was a teenager, I loved Sbarro's baked ziti at the mall. So this is what I came up with. Trust me, I tried adding all kinds of Italian herbs and spices and different cheeses and all that... but I always come back to this recipe. My kids even clean their plates when I make this.

Baked Ziti

8 oz. (dry) ziti or penne pasta (I wouldn't recommend whole wheat pasta here)
1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1 (15 oz) can plain tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350. In a 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish, combine the ricotta, 3/4 of the tomato sauce, and all of the parmesan cheese. When the pasta is done cooking, add it to the dish and stir well to combine everything. Top with the rest of the tomato sauce and spread it around. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes, until hot.
Makes 4 servings. Nutrition info per serving (using Smart Taste pasta):


  1. Finally got around to making this tonight! Omg it was sooo delicious. I'm going to have to make a post about it tomorrow since I'm having the leftovers for breakfast! lol

  2. How many cups of this is a serving? I am just starting on portioning my foods I am ALL NEW to this and so sorry if I sound so uneducated -_- Thanks!

  3. Angie, I'm not sure how much makes up a serving--I would guess it's about 1 1/2 cups? But I just divide up the pan into four equal-sized servings.

    It's great that you're working on portioning your foods! It's a big pain at first, but eventually, it will become a habit.

  4. U are so very right Katie! But I am however having fun learning so I believe thats all that matters and keeps me driven <3 VERY NICE! And thanks a ton for getting back to me ;-)

  5. I've tried something similar but with additional cottage cheese and mozzarella. I have also just gone simpler with cottage cheese, mozzarella and/or parmesan (I always have cottage cheese but not always ricotta). Delicious either way!