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Baked Ziti Main Dish Recipe

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This delicious pasta dish reminds me of a cross between spaghetti and cheese pizza. I appreciate this quick-to-make meal on busy weeknights.—Christopher Gordon, Springfield, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces ziti, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 248 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 458 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the tomatoes, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Place ziti in an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Cover with sauce.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Baked Ziti Main Dish in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 248 calories, 10 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 458 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 29, 2014

"Since we're Catholic, we still observe "meatless" Fridays. With six children, coming up with such suppers was a challenge. This was one dish that everyone loved! The kids are all grown now, but this is still one of their favorite recipes! Easy to make, & delicious! We've been enjoying it since it was first published in 1993!"

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

"This dish is good, except I would tweak it a bit:

First, diced tomatoes without any kind of "binder" just doesn't work in this dish. You need to add one 8-ounce can of tomato sauce, which will help thicken it a bit. Also, add about 1 tsp of sugar to offset the acid of the tomato sauce. Next, add 1 tsp of ground cumin, increase salt to 1 teaspoon, add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, and increase oregano and basil to 1 1/2 teaspoons EACH. Let simmer for 20 minutes, at which time the sauce will be thickened. If you want to add meat to this dish, you can sautee 1 pound of ground beef with the onions and garlic. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Be sure to drain it before adding the sauce."

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Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"excellent"

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