How to Make Baked Ziti

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How to Make Baked Ziti
Ziti is an easy and quick Italian favourite. (baked ziti and green beans image by robert lerich from Fotolia.com)

Baked ziti is a wonderful and satisfying Italian pasta dish. It is easy to make and will soon become one of your favourite comfort foods. Serve this dish with some garlic bread and a light green salad.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1 package of ziti, 454gr.
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce, 794gr.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 170gr. mozzarella cheese
  • Non-stick cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 176 degrees C. Make ziti according to directions on package and drain. In a bowl, mix pasta and olive oil until pasta is well coated. Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. 2

    Pour pasta sauce into bowl with the pasta and oil and mix well. Spread half of the pasta mixture into the baking dish.

  3. 3

    Mix the egg, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese in a separate bowl. Spoon this mixture over the pasta, and top with half of the mozzarella cheese. Put the remaining pasta mixture over that, spreading evenly.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle the rest of the mozzarella cheese over the top and bake about 20 minutes till bubbling hot. Serves six.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are grating your own Parmesan cheese make sure the colour is even. It's dried out if the edges are darker than the middle.
  • Do not over cook the pasta. The additional baking will finish the pasta cooking.

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