Zippy Baked Ziti Recipe

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Zippy Baked Ziti

Megan Berg


This recipe originally came from my mother, as most recipes I use have. Some people think that making your own marinara sauce is daunting, but it's soooo easy and it makes all the difference in this recipe to use a freshly made sauce versus a canned variety! Look for my "Mmmarinara Sauce" recipe!

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45 Min
30 Min


1 lb
cooked ziti (or penne) pasta, cooked al dente
3 1/2 c
mmmarinara sauce (see recipe, or use pre-made)
1/2 c
grated parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 c
grated romano cheese
1 lb
fresh mozzarella (1/2 lb cubed, 1/2 lb sliced)
2 dash(es)
black pepper
1 pinch
crushed red pepper


1Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2In a large bowl, toss cooked pasta with the Mmmarinara sauce, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, all of the Romano, and the mozzarella cubes.
3Season with the red pepper and black pepper to taste. Mix well.
4Transfer the pasta mix into an oiled 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover the top of the pasta with the mozzarella slices, and sprinkle the remaining Parmesan on top.
5Bake until lightly browned, approximately 30 minutes.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy