Baked Ziti

Lauren Conforti


This is a family recipe handed down to Grandmom Elaine. She made this quite often.


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 Min
40 Min


  • 1 lb
    ziti or rigatoni pasta
  • ·
    water & chicken stock to cook pasta
  • ·
    olive oil (optional. see notes)
  • 32 oz
    conforti family red gravy aka spaghetti sauce (see recipe) with sausage and/or meatballs (great use of leftovers)
  • 6 slice
    provolone cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 lb
    mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 c
    ricotta cheese
  • 1 c
    parmesan or pecorino cheese, grated

How to Make Baked Ziti


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat a large pot of 1/2 water, 1/2 chicken stock (2 quarts) to a strong boil. Add a Tbsp of salt.
  3. Add the pasta & cook till al dente. Drain. **Note: Grandmom Elaine used to drizzle olive oil over pasta to keep it from sticking. But it keeps the cheese from sticking to the pasta so I don’t use it.
  4. Put pasta into an oven proof baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
  5. Add the Red Gravy, mix it in
  6. Break up the Ricotta, then mix it in.
  7. Add 1/2 mozzarella, mix it in
  8. Top with provolones slices, if using. Then the remaining mozzarella, and the Parmesan
  9. Bake 20-30 mins or until cheese is golden & sauce is bubbly.

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About Baked Ziti

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian

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