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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 equals 381 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 763 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 16 g 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

Nutritional Facts

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

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

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

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!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2012

"<p>Was tempted to add meat, but was surprisingly pleased with the recipe as is. Very easy and quick as you don't have to precook the pasta.</p>"

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