Provolone Ziti Bake Recipe
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Provolone Ziti Bake Recipe

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As easy as it is filling and delicious, this Italian meal appeals to everyone—and they won’t even miss the meat. Serve with salad and hot French bread, and watch it disappear. —Vicky Palmer, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti or small tube pasta
  • 8 slices provolone cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 381 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 16g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, water, wine, sugar and basil. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Stir in uncooked ziti.
  2. Transfer to a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, covered, 1 hour. Top with cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until ziti is tender and cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Provolone Ziti Bake in Healthy Cooking December/January 2012, p50

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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muffbear74 User ID: 209131 265246
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2017

"Liked the idea of the provolne, but wasn't crazy about the pasta. Seemed too mushy and too much sauce. Guess I like my pasta cooked the traditional way."

Dinah66 User ID: 4558177 261572
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2017

"This was very good and oh so easy. I made half the recipe in an 8x8 pan. After reading the reviews which said it needed a little more flavor I add some italian seasoning and used the full amount of garlic for half the recipe--3 cloves (we like garlic). This is a keeper. We used it as a side with "perfect portions" Italian chicken. We also had it with your delicious sauteed green beans. Excellent meal."

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 247985
Reviewed May. 8, 2016

"Pretty easy to make, but the taste was just ok."

DianeC23 User ID: 141506 242309
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"This recipe is very easy and quite filling. I bought diced tomatoes by mistake, but they worked out just fine. It makes a lot of pasta, but leftovers are good, too! We'll keep this recipe, and I'll be making it again!"

MoTPC User ID: 1195404 240972
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"This is by far one of the best baked pasta dishes I've made! I did add some salt and additional spices to our liking, but loved the end result - perfect pasta and nice thick sauce!"

Zemke8 User ID: 8682694 240803
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016

"Very easy, nice flavor, large portion and both my daughter and husband loved despite no meat. Great for meatless Mondays!"

lisadritchie User ID: 3429765 182910
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Super easy, the oven does all the work. This also freezes well for lunches on the go later on."

klesinski User ID: 1037014 116167
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"Super easy to make! I cut this recipe in half and used crushed tomatoes with basil so I substituted basil with dried Italian seasoning. Sauce was a bit sweet for my daughter's taste so may eliminate the sugar next time. This is quick to prepare so had plenty of time to make a salad to go with!"

jwfy User ID: 4335749 131793
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2012

"Made half recipe. Followed recipe with 2 exceptions. 1) I added a small sweet red pepper, chopped. 2) I added 1/4 lb. of sweet Italian sausage cooked to one side of the dish (wife does not like meat). I used the wine. Next time I would add additional cheese (cheese lovers). This was simply/easy and very good."

robinlaz User ID: 2813667 190905
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2012

"It was very little work the oven did most of the work (good for after work). My husband loved the provolone cheese on top. I made half a recipe and it came out perfect - you could add veggies and meat or meat substitue as well and it would be great!"

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