Total Time
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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Drain.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Spray rectangle baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.
  5. 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.
  6. Add in cooked, drained ziti, and mix well.
  7. Spoon pasta mixture into casserole dish.
  8. Spread remaining sauce over top of the casserole, then top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  9. Sprinkle Parmesan on top and cover and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  10. Uncover and continue to bake an additional 15 minutes.


Most Helpful

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!

Fauve June 26, 2003

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.

BaBaGrLSheLL September 20, 2003

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!

Kristiina February 03, 2009

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