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Ziti Bake

Many of my casserole recipes have been frowned upon by my children, but they give a cheer when they hear we're having Baked Ziti for supper. I've tried to incorporate more meatless meals into our menus, which is how this baked ziti without meat got started. No one misses the meat in this one. Even the leftovers are well-liked.—Charity Burkholder, Pittsboro, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 1-3/4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce, cottage cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, parsley, oregano, garlic powder and pepper. Drain pasta; stir into cheese mixture.
  • In a greased 8-in. square baking dish, spread 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce. Top with pasta mixture, and remaining sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake until a thermometer reads 160°, 5-10 minutes longer.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 297 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 639mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Robin
    Feb 17, 2021

    Do you need to use cottage cheese, or can you substitute something else??

  • Jay
    Nov 9, 2020

    I agree with Kristin Very good. Next time I would put more sauce in the bottom of the pan and in the mix. I believe an additional 1/4 cup for each.

  • Kristin
    Aug 11, 2020

    Very good. Next time I would put more sauce in the bottom of the pan and in the mix. I believe an additional 1/4 cup for each.

  • Garry
    Jun 24, 2020

    Made it last night. the wife and I absolutely love it. Very easy to make??

  • pols005
    Apr 23, 2020

    I didn't have ziti so I used penne. Good, easy to put together on a weeknight, as if every night isn't the same during the Covid-19 lockdown. It was a tad bland but that probably was the fault of the pasta sauce I had on hand. The 3 pack of Classico sauce I got at Sam's is a little meh... I would make again with a different sauce.

  • Karen42
    Apr 18, 2020

    No comment left

  • Mavis
    Apr 14, 2020

    This is a really good recipe. The only thing I did different, was to use a whole 24 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce and 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. It would have been way too dry if I had not used the whole jar of sauce. Very easy and quick to make!

  • Haptowns
    Apr 13, 2020

    This was very dry. To warm it up the next day I added the entire rest of the jar of sauce plus 1/2 tsp Italian seasonings and warmed it in a pan on the stove. Much better but probably won’t make again.

  • Brooke
    Jan 4, 2020

    I wanted to eat sooner than 60 minutes. So boiled pasta, drained it, put in the sauce, stirred in some shredded cheese (Italian mix) and used Ricotta instead of Cottage Cheese. Warmed over low heat, stirring to mix. Served in 15 minutes with extra cheese on top. Not dry, tasty and quick.

  • oreo95
    Aug 29, 2019

    Made this recipe exact with the exception of adding more sauce, per reviews. Glad I did, should have also added more spices. A simple recipe with basic on hand ingredients. Will be easy to add additional ingredients and herbs to create a recipe to family's tastes. Thanks Chairity