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Baked Ziti Main Dish

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


  • 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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  • 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 11x7-in. baking dish. Cover with sauce.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with both cheeses. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 248 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 458mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Sue Zappa
    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!

  • bakergirlmd
    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.

  • vavsandiego
    Jul 31, 2011