This Baked Ziti recipe is a classic Italian American pasta bake that rivals any restaurant at a fraction of the price. Love the roasted vegetables snuck in there. This was amazing! We used cottage cheese and doubled the onion. Baked ziti is one of those incredibly adaptable recipes you can change to suit your mood, your family's tastes or the ingredients you have on hand. I skipped Marinara sauce layer on top layer. Family favorite dinner recipe that tastes like lasagna, but without all the hard work. Thank you for your review! I used zucchini, squash, mushroom, and onion because we love those veggies in anything. This is my third recipe so far I’ve tried from you and they have all been AMAZING. Hi Kate! Mayo Clinic does not endorse any of the third party products and services advertised. For an alternative to spaghetti with meat sauce, try baked ziti, a tubular-shaped pasta dish, loaded with fresh vegetables. Advertising revenue supports our not-for-profit mission. It took me a couple hours to cook it because I also made the Marinara sauce from scratch but it was worth it! Notes Tried this recipe last night subbing in eggplant, morells, zucchini, red bell pepper and onion. See our, Please let me know how it turned out for you! Cook the pasta just until al dente, according to package directions (it will continue to cook while it bakes in the oven, so you want the pasta to still have a little bite to it). Baked Ziti Recipe With Ground Beef and Italian Sausage 65 mins Ratings. This dish has all sorts of tasty textures and was not complicated to put together. I have read many of recipes and always liked them but not sure if I had made any. In my opinion, it is worth buying! From now on I will try them and will let you know. This should take about 5-7 minutes or so. Sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese. Place a clean, rimmed baking sheet on the lower oven rack to catch any drippings. Remove the baker from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving (trust me). Putting it in my meal rotation! I am now making at least 1 recipe of yours a week and couldn’t be happier. Spoon half of pasta mixture into a 13- x 9-inch baking dish. The cauliflower is a really good “meat” replacement for texture, and the roasted flavor is delicious. A favorite in many homes on "Italian night," baked ziti is usually laden with meat and cheese. Made using tender ziti pasta, your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce, a creamy layer of ricotta cheese, ground beef and a generous sprinkling of mozzarella, this easy baked ziti recipe is everyone's favorite dinner! Thanks so much! The family plus my daughter’s boyfriend loved it. Bake for 30 minutes, then transfer to the upper rack for 2 to 5 more minutes until the cheese is deeply golden, if desired. I made this for Father’s Day last Sunday. Baked ziti is a casserole-type dish consisting of tubular pasta called ziti that is baked with a variety of other ingredients, mostly chunky sauces, cheese, meat, and vegetables such as mushrooms, peppers, and onions. To roast the veggies: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit with racks in the middle and upper third of the oven. Drain the pasta thoroughly. In fact, you want it a little bit undercooked, so cook it for the shortest amount of time offered on the package. Pour ziti mixture into 13 x 9-inch baking dish. My husband and I both loved it, and it was a great healthier and more budget friendly alternative to lasagna! On this one I did do 1% cottage cheese and it worked just great. I appreciate your review. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a large bowl. You will need two packed ups, or 8 oz of cheese. Side note: We also love your lentil soup and black bean, quinoa tacos! If you end up with any stray burnt onion pieces, discard them, and set the vegetables aside. I am a college freshman and my roommate and I decided to stay on campus for Thanksgiving. Place the cauliflower florets on one pan. Bake until the vegetables are tender and caramelized on the edges, about 30 to 35 minutes, tossing the veggies and swapping their rack positions halfway (lower rack to upper rack, and vice versa). Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add oil to pan. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. Thanks for the great recipe, made twice since and I love the others I’ve tried, happy to have found your site!! I will definitely be making this again! Small yellow pepper, jalapeño & onion for the 2nd roasted veggie layer. If you are unable to find ziti, penne or rigatoni are good substitute for baked … Keep in mind that heads of broccoli or cauliflower weigh twice as much as they yield in florets (so a two-pound bunch of broccoli will yield about one pound of florets). Replace the ziti with elbow macaroni, penne pasta, or mini penne, or use a similar pasta shape. If you are unable to find ziti, penne or rigatoni are good substitute for baked pasta dishes. Leave a comment below and share a picture on. Dog lover. Click HERE to save this recipe for Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce to Pinterest!. Omit the mozzarella and use all of the tomato sauce for the final layer. I hope that helps! It’s probably a good candidate for freezing before baking, too. Now, you could skip the basil, but it adds a lot of irresistible fresh flavor to jarred marinara, and livens up the cheesy finished dish. In a large oven-proof freezer-proof baking dish, place 1/2 cup of the sauce at the bottom of the baking dish. Let us know how we can return the favor and help you. Do you reheat in the oven or microwave? Place the ziti, uncovered, on top of the baking sheet. It took me a while to find the perfect ratio of mozzarella, marinara, and ricotta (I actually used cottage cheese, more on that in a bit). Unlike traditional baked ziti, which is packed with dairy (and sometimes meat), this vegan baked ziti is actually GOOD for you. I cook fresh, vegetarian recipes. We use part skim ricotta instead of cottage cheese too. Also made the Marinara Sauce using your recipe. Your recipe directions are very detailed and I very much appreciate the time you took to share them. Instructions. I use one and freeze one. One difference is that I used fusili pasta, as the local shop I rely on didn’t have any other whole wheat options. Made this for Father’s Day dinner last night and it turned out SO good! A lot of people use rigatoni pasta in their baked ziti recipes, rigatoni is very similar to ziti, the only difference is that rigatoni has ribs on the outside of the noodle. © Cookie and Kate 2010 - 2020. We LOVE your recipes too. Super good! Baked ziti is, of course, made with ziti pasta.Ziti is a medium, tube shaped pasta without ribs on the outside of the noodle. 1. Excellent recipe! Baked Ziti with Spinach: Add 2 cups fresh spinach to the meat and tomato sauce when you add the basil. We don’t like cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, how can we substitute this? Love the roasted veggies as the base of the dish! Made this last night and it was excellent but I think more than 8 oz pasta is needed and maybe that offsets the overdose of ricotta which was delicious but too much? Or, it does make delicious leftovers! If you made the recipe, please choose a star rating, too. I’m happy you all have loved it, Shira! When the oil is hot, add the ground beef, onion, and green bell pepper. Looking forward to trying your recipe. Always on the lookout for alternate meat proteins too. Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed comment. We are expecting our first child in December! I’m so happy you loved it! Hi Belle! Toss the vegetables until they are coated in oil. All the ingredients are layered or tossed into a casserole dish and baked in the oven for less than an hour. Notes BAKED ZITI WITH VEGETABLES Recipe - Ingredients for this BAKED ZITI WITH VEGETABLES include uncooked ziti (2 ounce), low-sodium tomatoes, drained (reserve 1/2 cup juice) (14 ounce can), sliced carrots, chopped broccoli, diced green bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, garlic, minced, dried basil, dried oregano, ground black pepper, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. The roasted veggies create such a delicious flavor. Add 1 pound dried ziti … Click HERE to save this recipe for Baked Ziti with Meat Sauce to Pinterest!. Thanks so much for sharing. In fact, I was short about 1/2 cup of mozzarella, and it turned out perfect, in my opinion. I cooked and cooled fresh spinach, wrung out every bit of liquid, chopped it finely and mixed it into the cottage cheese. We often use mixed greens, lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrot, and tomato for a basic side salad. What a great recipe! It is essentially an easy twist on lasagna that’s every bit as cheesy and decadent without all of the fuss. All the ingredients are layered or tossed into a casserole dish and baked in the oven for less than an hour. Wonderful to hear, Susan! I am an avid follower of tour blog. I was also missing my dads homecooked meals that I grew up with. This was super yummy! I had left over marinara sauce (from the 2x recipe), and mozzarella cheese (from 16 Oz. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. I haven’t tried freezing this one yet. Sprinkle freshly torn basil on top, slice with a sharp knife, and serve. © 1998-2020 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Boil/cook ziti according to package instructions. Directions. Hi Lisa, I’m not sure you will be able to get the same results in a slow cooker. Thanks for your review. Use whichever one you prefer in lasagna recipes. We often use mixed greens, lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrot, and tomato for a basic side salad. I don’t normally go for the baked pasta dishes at Italian restaurants, as I find them too rich and cheese-laden. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until very al dente; drain. Loved using broccoli in this! Preheat oven to 350 Cook ziti according to package Chop zucchini, spinach, mushrooms and parsley. Add the cooked pasta and shredded mozzarella cheese. I roasted a small diced zucchini, summer squash & mushrooms for the first veggie layer. Leave the oven on at 425, because we’re going to bake the dish at the same temperature. The ingredient list is confusing. Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper to prevent the vegetables from sticking. Recipe adapted from my lentil baked ziti and Allison Roman’s baked ziti. Homemade marinara. If only everyone owned these basic half-sheet pans (affiliate link). Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, cook turkey over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.Transfer to a large bowl. Tender ziti noodles are generously covered in a well-seasoned meat sauce and plenty of cheese — in fact, three kinds of cheese! I love that it was a hit. I love this combination, but you could easily use your favorite vegetables here. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. This version relies on the flavors of mushrooms and spinach instead. I added some morning star sausage but other than that followed the recipe exactly. Making this for the second time! My husband the carnivore raved about it! Thanks, Thom! Thank you! I would have never thought to throw cauliflower and cottage cheese into a ziti and turns out the flavors mesh together deliciously! Perfection! Thank you for so many fabulous recipes. Made this on a rainy night. I used broccoli and a green bell pepper instead of cauliflower and red bell pepper, and added oregano and red pepper flakes to 2 cans of tomato sauce as my “marinara”. It has nearly triple the amount of vegetables as pasta, and about half the amount of cheese compared to typical baked ziti recipes. Dietitian's tip: For an alternative to spaghetti with meat sauce, try baked ziti, a tubular-shaped pasta dish, loaded with fresh vegetables. The end result was amazing! Delicious! Cover and steam for 5-7 minutes or until tender. Made this vegan using tofu ricotta from one of your other recipes, highly recommend! Boil/cook ziti according to package instructions. Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Divide the pasta among warmed individual bowls. We are expecting our first child and would like to get the freezer stocked with healthy meals! What to Serve with Baked Ziti. I’m glad you both are enjoying my recipes. They offer a lot of surface area, so your vegetables have some breathing room while they roast. To err on the side of caution against overflow, I’ve instructed you to place the baker on a clean rimmed baking sheet when it’s in the oven. I’ve already mention that this ziti will work on a weeknight, but it’s more versatile than that. Drain and place in the baking dish. Advance preparation: You could roast the vegetables up to 3 days in advance. If you do try it, I would likely bake, cool and then freeze. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt, and drain. Serves 2 286 Calories Dietician's Tip: For an alternative to spaghetti with meat sauce, try baked ziti, a tubular-shaped pasta dish, loaded with fresh vegetables. I used sweet potato instead of cauliflower and cottage cheese instead of ricotta. (You will not be subscribed to our email newsletter.). Hi Vanessa! I just checked out this recipe and will make it this week for a family gathering. DIRECTIONS. Our free email newsletter delivers new recipes and special Cookie + Kate updates! Meatless Baked Ziti: Omit the meat completely or make a vegetarian Eggplant Pasta Bake. We have tried many recipes and they have always turned out good! Cook over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes. I have your cookbook as well, which I love. Baked macaroni dishes like ziti combine cooked pasta with a sauce, vegetable, and/or meat -- and plenty of cheese. Bake 55 minutes. It was super yummy. Mix in red pepper flakes and S&P. Preheat oven to 350°F. Agree w/other reviewers to reduce ricotta cheese to 15 oz. Evenly sprinkle the roasted cauliflower on top, then dollop 1 cup of the cottage cheese over the cauliflower (it doesn’t need to be spread into an even layer), followed by ½ cup of the mozzarella. Baked Ziti with Spinach: Add 2 cups fresh spinach to the meat and tomato sauce when you add the basil. While the vegetables cook, bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta. My daughter in law made this baked ziti yesterday for our family dinner, it came out absolutely delicious and everyone loved it ! We also have your cool book. Serve with mixed-grain bread and a side of sliced strawberries and bananas. I used cottage cheese and gluten free noodles and did everything else as written. I used cauliflower, bell pepper and onion. In just an hour, you have a warm, bubbling tray of delicious vegetable filled baked ziti… It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. I’ve made this several times to rave reviews. Fill a large pot 3/4 full with water and bring to a boil. I suggest toward the bottom. This is the first time I’ve had cottage cheese in maybe my whole life and I am surprised to find that I really like it, so thank you for the encouragement to try it! Thank you! Good, comfort food. Also modified slighly so casserole's layers are a bit more distinct, vs all mixed together, per the following: Don't cook Baked Ziti with Chicken: Replace the ground beef with 1 lb ground chicken or 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have been cut into ½ inch pieces. We’re getting into the warmer months so soups may not sound appealing, but almost all of my soups freeze very well. It was gone in literally 15 min.!! I do think fusili works great, with all its coils picking up the bits and sauce very well. Gently toss until the vegetables on each pan are lightly coated in oil. Here are the basic steps: Cook sliced onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms on the stove-top. The only thing I would do differently for kids is mix in the ricotta instead of mozzarella in the first step. Here’s what you’ll need: Preferably ziti, but rigatoni or penne will also work. I would suggest looking at the vegan note options. Thank you. This is the most satisfying vegetarian baked ziti I’ve tried! I also used low fat probiotic cottage cheese. Made it for my small birthday gathering during lockdown with neighbors, but I had leftovers which I love to have! I believe I’ve hit the nail on the head with the final recipe, and can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you. I cooked it for my host family ( I am an Aupair) and everyone loved it!! My dog, Cookie, catches the crumbs. It may have some extra water once to bake it again. It is a form of pasta al forno. This was my first holiday away from my family and I was missing home. Part-skim mozzarella is ideal here, since it develops a beautiful golden shade in the oven. It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. Always free • Unsubscribe anytime, 1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets, 1 medium yellow onion, sliced into wedges about ½″ wide, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, 8 ounces (2 packed cups) grated part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided, 2 cups (16 ounces) cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, divided. That has been my experience too with recipes like this if non baking and then freezing. Thank you! We loved the richer flavor of roasted veggies, great idea! You could roast the vegetables before hand and then assemble + bake when you get back. Cook, stirring until the onion is tender and the beef is no longer pink. Thanks for clarifying! In a medium bowl, mix ricotta cheese, eggs and 1 package of the shredded cheese. It’s assembly time! Baked Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables is the saucy, cheesy, hearty vegetarian main dish that I’ll be serving for Christmas dinner (among other, porkier things). Can this be assembled a day ahead of time then baked or maybe bake half way and freeze for later? If you have a question, please skim the comments section—you might find an immediate answer there. Hi Ali! We will definitely mix and match and do it again. My wife is celiac so I used gluten free penne pasta. My favorite brand is Rao’s, which tastes pretty close to my homemade sauce. Thanks for sharing. This content does not have an Arabic version. Thank you. Remove the aluminum foil after 15 minutes. Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. I just wanted to thank you for the great directions such as mentioning rack placement and oven temperature. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt, and drain. When I dreamed up this recipe, I wanted to replace a lot of the pasta with roasted vegetables. Can’t wait to have it again! Thank you! Definitely recommend. Recipe turned out to be very nice! can tomato sauce, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, spinach, ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic, garlic powder, pepper flakes and pepper. Both turned out great. Make sauce: In a saucepan, melt butter. Thank you for your note and congratulations! Baked ziti with vegetables. About ⋄ Contact ⋄ Cookbook ⋄ Recipes ⋄ Shop ⋄ Subscribe, Cookie and Kate receives commissions on purchases made through our links to retailers. It was a crowd pleaser for sure and now there are tons left over. My best guess would be to double the recipe for my vegan sour cream (also available in my cookbook, page 217) and use 2 cups instead of the cottage cheese. I believe you could use a sturdy corn and quinoa pasta blend to make this recipe gluten free. Your recipes have been my go-to for me and my two teens (all vegetarian)! In a large saucepan, cook sausage, onions, green pepper, and garlic over medium heat … How to make vegetarian baked ziti. We love your flavor combinations. Please continue to bring whole food, fresh meals to our families. You’ll need about two pounds prepared vegetables to make it work. Yummy good and very easy. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! It was still delicious though! 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