Satisfyingly Cheesy Baked Ziti Casserole



Satisfyingly Cheesy Baked Ziti Casserole

If you’re craving the ultimate comfort food that’s rich, creamy, and oh-so-cheesy, look no further than our Satisfyingly Cheesy Baked Ziti Casserole. This hearty dish is a crowd-pleaser and perfect for family gatherings or weeknight dinners. Imagine layers of perfectly cooked ziti pasta smothered in a luscious tomato sauce, generously topped with a blend of melted mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Each bite is a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ziti pasta
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the ziti pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, egg, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. In a large baking dish, spread a thin layer of marinara sauce to prevent sticking.
  5. Layer half of the cooked ziti pasta in the dish, followed by dollops of the ricotta mixture, and a sprinkle of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Repeat this layering process.
  6. Top the casserole with the remaining marinara sauce and a generous amount of mozzarella cheese.
  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  8. Let it cool for a few minutes, garnish with fresh basil leaves, and serve hot.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Yields: 8 servings

Indulge in the creamy, cheesy goodness of our Satisfyingly Cheesy Baked Ziti Casserole. With layers of pasta, ricotta, and marinara sauce, it’s a comforting classic that never goes out of style.

Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories: 420 | Fat: 18g | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 22g

Imagine sitting down with your loved ones, sharing stories, and savoring the mouthwatering aroma of this baked ziti casserole wafting through the air. It’s a dish that brings people together and leaves a lasting impression. Whether you’re cooking for a special occasion or just want to treat yourself to some cheesy goodness, our Satisfyingly Cheesy Baked Ziti Casserole is the perfect choice. So, roll up your sleeves, preheat that oven, and get ready to enjoy a truly satisfying meal that’s bound to become a family favorite.

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