Monday, February 9, 2015

Cheesy Baked Ziti

This is one dish that's so easy to make. I love to make this using my Simple Pasta Sauce.  Typically it makes enough to serve spaghetti one night and this Cheesy Baked Ziti another night later in the week.

This is an easy, simple dish; just add some cheese and you're ready to bake it.

2 cups Ziti noodles, cooked al dente
2 cups simple pasta sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or Italian cheese blend

Preheat oven to 350. Mix cooked Ziti noodles with simple pasta sauce.

Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Layer 1/2 of of the Ziti noodle/pasta sauce mix on the bottom. Top with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat  layers one more time with remaining ingredients. Top with 1 cup Mexican cheese blend or Italian cheese blend.

Bake 30 minutes covered. Remove cover and continue to bake 15 minutes more.

Serve immediately.

Yield:  4 servings

Cook's note - this dish freezes well; or wrap it and freeze it before baking then you'll have it already done for an easy dinner some other night. Better still, double the recipe and make 2; one for now, one to freeze.