I really like adding provolone into the mix because it adds a great flavor and provides that extra gooeyness factor that we all love. Everyone will be begging for seconds, and sopping up every last flavorful bite with. With only 20 minutes of prep, this easy baked ziti will become a go-to meal for weeknight dinners. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add pasta, and cook for 7 minutes until al dente. Make this dish in a tin foil, disposable pan. Layer 1/2 of the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream/ricotta mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. I enjoy making this baked ziti recipe for family and friends. This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients. Even with those changes, I still felt it was lacking something. No thin spaghetti please. Also, even with the extra jar of sauce that I added and the less baking time of 20 minutes I still feel like it was a bit too dry. Soups, salads, bread, and veggies are all great side options for this dish. There wasn't a lot of meat sauce, so it had to be spread pretty thin, but other than that, this came out very good. Sometimes I might add my home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms or vegetables. Normally, I am all for easy and using a bottled sauce if it makes my life simple. Offers the perfect melted, bubbly cheese and it goes great with baked ziti. ounces (about 2 2/3 cups) tube-shaped pasta (ziti), cooked and drained (about 5 cups cooked). In a large bowl, combine eggs, ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Also, instead of just shredded mozzarella I used a blend of Mozzarella, Romano, Asiago and Fontina cheeses. See my. For those of you who don’t know me, I am flexible with my cooking. Omit the sausage for a fantastic vegetarian meal. Ricotta cheese, cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, (about 8 oz. But feel free to swap in other cheeses, as you like. Here is how: Just don’t bake the ziti. This baked ziti is a perfect combination of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. baking dish; top with half of the pasta mixture. Unsubscribe at any time. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes. Easy Baked Ziti with Ricotta is easy to make, ready is under an hour and classic Italian American comfort food! Sometimes I might add my home-canned tomatoes, mushrooms or vegetables. You don’t have to use ziti, but you need to use a strong pasta that can handle the heaviness of the sauce, and allow you to have texture and flavor. The top layer is more gooey, melted cheese. Combine sauce with water in large bowl. In a skillet brown onion, garlic, sausage, and beef. I like to keep things simple, and use whatever I have on hand. Short tube-shaped pasta tossed with seasoned tomato sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses is baked in a casserole until bubbling. Provolone is my secret weapon for this dish and many will compliment you on this gooey goodness. I made this one night out of what I had available, and the family thought it was fantastic! Note:  For more specific details, see recipe at the end. Because of my love for cheese, I know that in order to have a stand out baked ziti, you need more than one cheese. With only 20 minutes of prep, this easy to make dish, will become a go to meal in your home. A delicious, much easier to make, dish similar in flavor to lasagna. Cook for 15 minutes until no longer pink and thoroughly cooked. jar (24 ounces) Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce, 1 1/2 Maybe a can and a half would have done it. The secret, a little bit of sugar and pinch of fennel to give it fabulous flavor. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Follow these instructions and you will have a mouth watering good, cozy, classic comfort food dish. But don’t worry, I have got you covered. Baked Ziti Baked Ziti, like lasagna but easier, this easy baked ziti recipe is the classic comfort food that makes for the perfect weeknight dinner. Not only is it easy to make, a great dish for both ziti and lasagna lovers, it goes great with so many sides. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain. Top with grated parmesan. It's easy to prepare, and I like to get creative with the sauce. I am no stranger to cheese. Need to bring a neighbor an easy transportable meal? Parmesan is for pizazz. How about Baked Ziti! The sauce in itself may have additional ingredients like meat, onions, vegetables, or whatever the chef wants. Easy to put together with items I had on hand. Ive read the review's and changed it a bit. Unlike spaghetti, Baked Ziti is cooked in the oven in a pan, and although the combination of cheeses may differ between recipes, you need ricotta!