Baked Ziti

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


This baked ziti recipe is the real deal – it’s the Italian-American classic that you know and love and crave, crave, CRAVE! And guess what? It’s easy to make and feeds a crowd.

Listen to me briefly explain how this baked ziti is made, with great tips along the way, by clicking the play button below:

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  • 1 lb. ziti
  • 6 cups grated mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 (15 oz.) tub ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • 8 cups tomato sauce or meat sauce, divided


  1. Cook the ziti according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine 2 cups of mozzarella with the ricotta, Parmesan, eggs, 1/2 cup parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  4. Drain the pasta and add it to the ricotta mixture in the large bowl. Stir to coat noodles. Add 2 cups of the tomato or meat sauce and stir again.
  5. Measure 2 cups of the tomato/meat sauce into a large casserole dish or lasagna pan. Top with half of the pasta mixture. Top the pasta with 2 cups of the tomato/meat sauce and then top the sauce with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Add the remaining pasta, then the remaining sauce and then the remaining cheese.
  6. Bake until heated through and bubbling, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve.