Baked Ziti Heaven



Baked Ziti Heaven

Baked Ziti Heaven is a comforting Italian-American dish that will transport your taste buds to a state of pure bliss. Imagine layers of perfectly cooked pasta, rich marinara sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and melted mozzarella coming together in one glorious casserole. This dish is the epitome of comfort food, sure to warm your soul and leave you craving more.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ziti pasta
  • 1 jar (24 oz) marinara sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the ziti pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and garlic, sautéing until translucent.
  3. Stir in the marinara sauce, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and pepper. Let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a baking dish.
  5. In the greased baking dish, layer half of the cooked ziti pasta.
  6. Spread half of the ricotta cheese over the pasta, followed by half of the marinara sauce and a sprinkle of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Repeat the layers with the remaining ziti pasta, ricotta cheese, marinara sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve this heavenly baked ziti to delighted family and friends.

Total time: 45 minutes

Serves 6

Baked Ziti Heaven is the ultimate comfort food, featuring layers of perfectly cooked pasta, rich marinara sauce, creamy ricotta cheese, and melted mozzarella. A taste of Italian-American tradition that’s sure to warm your heart.

Nutritional information: (per serving)
Calories: 480kcal, Fat: 22g, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 28g

Baked Ziti Heaven is a culinary journey through flavors and textures that will have you reaching for seconds. The melding of cheeses, pasta, and sauce creates a dish that’s heavenly in every bite. Serve this at family gatherings, and you’ll have everyone singing your culinary praises. Enjoy the warmth and satisfaction of Baked Ziti Heaven!

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