Surprising Baked Ziti

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by afr0bunny

a different twist on baked ziti

Top Review by Cookin-jo

What a great variation on baked ziti! We loved the pesto flavour, and I'd probably add even more pesto next time. I had a couple of minor problems with the recipe. The ricotta mixture was a bit on the dry side - I would moisten it with some cream or milk next time. Also, the ingredient list states 1/2 cup of mozzarella, but the ricotta mixture needs 1 cup. I assume that the list should state 1 1/2 cups, 1 cup for the ricotta mixture and 1/2 cup for topping. With a moister cheese layer and corrections to the recipe this would be at least 4 stars. Thank you for a great twist on baked ziti.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. preheat oven to 350.
  2. oil an 8x8 baking dish.
  3. cook pasta in salted water for 7 min, drain, and tinse.
  4. heat 1 1/2 tbsp of the oil in a pan over med- low heat.
  5. cook onion until it becomes translucent.
  6. add garlic and cook it for 30 sec.
  7. add tomato, salt, and bay leaf.
  8. raise heat to medium.
  9. simmer mixture for 10 min or until it gets very thick.
  10. remove the bay leaf and stir in 1/4 tsp pepper.
  11. in a bowl, combine the pesto, half the parmesan, the ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella, and the remaining black pepper.
  12. put 1/2 of the pasta in the baking dish.
  13. top with 1/3 of the sauce.
  14. spread entire cheese mixture evenly over the sauce.
  15. cover with the remaining pasta, sauce, and cheese.
  16. drizzle 1/2 tbsp olive oil over the top layer of cheese.
  17. bake until bubbling (about 30 min).
  18. let stand at least 10 minutes before cutting.

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