Ziti Al Forno (From the Sopranos Family Cookbook)

"It's from the sopranos cookbook but I use my own Recipe #73937 and it is the best food in the world there aren't words to describe it!"
photo by CindiJ photo by CindiJ
photo by CindiJ
Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Put all the ziti in a large bowl.
  • Toss ziti with 3 cups of the gravy and half of the grated cheese.
  • Spoon half of the ziti into a casserole dish.
  • Spread the ricotta over the top of the ziti.
  • Sprinkle with the mozzarella and rest of grated cheese.
  • Pour on 1 cup of sauce.
  • Top with remaining ziti and rest of sauce (it will be almost overflowing) sprinkle with more grated cheese.
  • Bake covered with foil for 45 minutes and then uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Let stand 15 minutes.
  • Tell me immediately how it was!

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  1. There is so much incomplete information and instruction. Especially in regards to the linked Sunday gravy. The ziti recipe calls for 4 cups of gravy but the gravy recipe yields about one cup of well reduced thick paste. I resolved this with the pasta water. It says to put all the mozzarella in between the layers but the photo shows some on top. In general it seems to be transposed poorly. It is a tremendous 4 hour effort but the finished product is spectacular. I’m going to try to find a more complete version. I guess I could buy the book.
  2. This is our family's recipe for baked ziti, too. Sometimes I also add spinach in with the cheeses, especially if I happen to have some leftover creamed spinach. I always use more sauce than the recipe calls for, it seems the pasta eats it up!
  3. Creamy and delicious. I made with my homemade sauce: Recipe #227644 which is a meat sauce so omitted the meatballs. I had to guess at the cooking temperature, I cooked at 375 degrees for one hour then uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. This was delicious! I quartered the recipe (no difficulties encountered) since only 2 were dining! I wish that I could follow the recipe EXACTLY but I have to watch my colesterol - I used my own plain tomato pasta sauce, my own meatballs (made without eggs), light ricotta, low fat mozarella & shredded parmesan on top. Thanx Bri!
  5. I made this usuing Bri's Sunday gravy recipe with the meatballs and it was wonderful. I entertained with this (at Bri's request) and it got rave reviews from everyone. Wonderful weekend meal to sit down and share with friends. Give it a try! It makes a lot - there was 4 adults, 3 mid-sized kids and we had 1/2 a dish left - this will feed a crowd!


  1. Easy to make and everyone loved it. I don't usually change or alter recipes but I didn't have time to make the Sunday gravy, so I used (gulp) some of the sauce in a jar (please forgive me). By special request I also used sweet Italian sausage instead of meatballs. It came out great despite the alterations, though it's probably even better when the recipe is followed. Thanks for posting...


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