Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti


Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti

We all need those dishes that we can put together really quickly and that can feed an army with less than an hours notice. This is one of those dishes for me.

Back a few weeks ago I made some Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy (click for link to original recipe). It makes a huge amount and freezing some of it for nights where you need a meal quickly is really smart. Take it out of the freezer the night before or the morning you need it and place it in the refrigerator to thaw. By the time you need it you will have homemade spaghetti sauce waiting for you! Though jarred sauce will work just fine there is nothing like fresh spaghetti sauce.

Verdict:

This is such a good simple dish. Add extra garlic or change the meats to your preference.  It is pure comfort food at it’s best – cheesy, flavorful, warm to your heart. A double layer of cheese helps spread the cheese throughout the dish.

I added green beans and a green side salad for a complete meal. As always to make this gluten-free use gluten-free pasta.

Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti (plated)

Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pasta, boiled according to package directions
  • 32 oz. pasta sauce, homemade or jarred
  • 1 lb. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • freshly shredded Parmesan cheese for serving, if desired

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13 x 9 casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  • Place a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the pan to cover it. Add 1/2 the pasta and spread over the bottom of the dish.
  • Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese over the sauce.
  • Add remaining pasta, then sauce and then cheese to the dish.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until cheese is starting to brown and sauce is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve hot with Parmesan cheese for topping if desired.

 

18 Comments Add yours

  1. speechbaby says:

    Yum, I think baby will like this 😊!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I hope so!

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  2. Antonia says:

    I love the title 😀 Looks delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Lynn. Have a wonderful day!

      Liked by 1 person

        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Thanks!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  3. Oh yum, this is fabulous 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

      Like

  4. Oh my gosh this looks delicious!!! 🙂 thanks for sharing xx

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much and thanks for stopping by!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. ddr_74 says:

    Each and every time I get around to checking out WP Reader, there you are, making me hungry lmao! Love it, I need to try making that this fall 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you get a chance to try it!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Fantastic! I’ve been watching ‘The Sopranos’ and they always eat Ziti! Glad I have now the recipe! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lol. I hope you like it!

      Like

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