Baked Ziti

Pasta tubes baked with tomato sauce and mozzarella are sure to please. Baked ziti
Yield 4-6 servings
Time 40 minutes
  • large pot with lid
  • 9×13-in baking dish
  • large bowl
  • colander
  • rubber spatula
  • salt
  • 1 pound ziti or other tube-shaped pasta
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 c marinara or other tomato sauce
  • 2 T fresh basil, minced
  • 8 oz mozzarella, preferably fresh, grated
  • ΒΌ c Parmesan-style cheese, grated
Directions Cook the pasta in plenty of salty boiling water until not quite al dente – 1-2 minutes less than the package instructions.

Meanwhile, oil the baking dish and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400.

Combine tomato sauce and basil in the bowl and set aside.

When the pasta is nearly cooked, drain it, then add to the bowl. Stir well to evenly coat.

Transfer half of the pasta into the baking dish, and sprinkle with half of each cheese. Repeat.

Bake for 20 minutes, until top begins to brown.

Serve hot.

Notes Complete Italian VegetarianThis recipe for "Baked Ziti with Tomatoes, Basil, and Mozzarella" was adapted from The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, by Jack Bishop – read my review.

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