Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins
A thread in EE on everyone's best "easy" meals made me realize that I don't have enough meals like that for nights when I'm tired! I tend to make some pasta noodles and dump jarred sauce on top. Here's one I might try instead, from http://www.quickneasyrecipes.com/!
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 8 ounces ziti pasta, uncooked (2 cups)
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 cup shredded skim-milk mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
- 2 cups meatless sauce (homemade or commercial brand)
- 1⁄4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaf
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray rectangle baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.
- In large mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese, and 1 cup of the sauce, with the basil, garlic powder, and pepper.
- Add in cooked, drained ziti, and mix well.
- Spoon pasta mixture into casserole dish.
- Spread remaining sauce over top of the casserole, then top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
- Sprinkle Parmesan on top and cover and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
- Uncover and continue to bake an additional 15 minutes.
What a nice surprise that so little effort can yield such a delicious meal. I think I may have added a bit more mozarella than was called for, but besides that I followed the recipe to the letter. This is not just a great "lazy day" meal plan, but good enough for company as well!
This is really tasty. But I added spinach to it to help me out by adding veggies and the fiber in spinach actually lowers the point value of this.
I really enjoyed this baked ziti, it wasn't too saucy or too cheesy like others I've made in the past. I used low fat cottage cheese instead of the ricotta and only used about 1/2 cup b/c I didn't realize that's all I had. I used a can of diced tomatoes (drained) to make up for the missing cottage cheese. DH had two big servings, I will make this one again! Thank you!