Mom’s Baked Ziti


by Jan 6th, 2010 // Dinner

Mom’s Baked Ziti

Moms Baked Ziti

This dish is the taste of my childhood. I still request it whenever I visit my hometown. We aren’t Italian but my mom is known as the ziti queen throughout our extended family. In recent years my husband has become a vegetarian so my mom has taken to adding all kinds of veggies to the ziti. It’s particularly good with either chopped spinach or finely chopped broccoli. A great way to sneak in additional veggies in my kid’s life. We went for the “classic” recipe this go round.

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cooking Time: 30 to 40 mins

1 box penne or ziti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large jar good canned tomato sauce
2 pressed garlic cloves
1 15 oz container of part skim ricotta
1 egg
1 8oz package part skim mozzarella (diced)
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Cook penne in large pot of  boiling water with oil for 6 minutes (will be very al dente) drain and set aside. Crack egg in a large bowl and beat lightly. Add ricotta, tomato sauce, garlic, oregano, parsley and diced mozzarella. Mix in penne and pour into 9×13 baking dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top until completely covered. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Tastes even better the next day.

Moms Baked Ziti

I loved sitting down with friends to eat a piece of my childhood. My kid asked for 2 helpings of the ziti at dinner. Later, when I was tucking him into bed he asked if he could please please please have one more taste before he went to sleep. Thanks, mom!

mom's baked ziti

5 Comments on “Mom’s Baked Ziti”

  1. 1.) Macki
    March 9th, 2010

    YUM!!!! We devoured this, my girl felt so proud of making such a large dish of food. Loved it as leftovers, my daughter wanted it for every meal. Just wondering, would you ever reveal your favorite jarred sauce?

  2. 2.) rebecca
    March 9th, 2010

    My favorite jarred sauce is Roa's Marinara. It's nearly $10 per bottle but worth every penny in my opinion. I stock up if it's ever on sale and I think it makes all the difference in the world.

  3. [...] off in my exhausted state with two kids helping me. For tonight’s swell supper we are making Mom’s Baked Ziti, Roasted Broccolini and Snickers Bar Blondies and then we’re all going for a nature walk [...]

  4. 4.) HCG Diet
    April 26th, 2013

    Like it. My thanks for taking the time. I’ll check again to see what’s new and tell my acquaintenances about your writing.

  5. 5.) Awaz
    May 11th, 2013

    Which brand of tomato sauce do u recommend ? Want to make ziti first time
    Thanks in advance

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