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Make Ahead Baked Ziti

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Make Ahead Baked Ziti

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Make Ahead Baked Ziti
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8 1/8 slice from pan, 1/2 orange
Calories: 579kcal


  • 12 ounce ricotta cheese, part skim milk
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 12 ounce mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 16 ounce pasta, ziti
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper/chili flakes
  • 56 ounce crushed tomatoes, canned

Serve With

  • 4 medium orange


  • Mix ricotta, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the shredded mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese together. (2 ounces of grated Parmesan is about 1/2 cup).
  • Cook ziti as directed on package to al dente.
  • Using the same pot you cooked the pasta, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes. Heat over medium for 1-2 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer; cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  • Remove from heat and mix with pasta.
  • Add half the pasta to a 9X13 inch baking dish. Scoop large spoonfuls of ricotta mixture over pasta and gently spread around. Pour over the remaining pasta.
  • Sprinkle with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese mixture.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and then foil. Refrigerate for 24 hours or toss in the freezer for up to a month.
  • When ready to bake, thaw overnight if needed. Remove both the foil and plastic wrap. Lightly cover with foil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve hot with orange slices on the side.
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Calories: 579kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 951mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g

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