The Best Baked Ziti

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  • Cooking and Prep: 1 h
  • Serves: 6
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Always trying to find the perfect easy dinner? Look no further than Danielle's tried and tested Baked Ziti. You won't want to miss her tips for taking it from good to an unbelievable weekly staple. Watch here!

Ingredients (8)

Main ingredients

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Prepare the Baked Ziti

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once water is boiling add two tablespoons salt and pasta.

  3. Meanwhile, butter a nine- by 13-inch dish or aluminum pan. Directly to the pan add tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, two tablespoons of the butter, two cups shredded cheese, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

  4. Before draining pasta, remove 1/2 cup pasta water and add to the pan with the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.

  5. Add cooked pasta to the pan and stir to fully coat every single piece.

  6. Top the pasta with one to two cups shredded mozzarella (depending on how cheesy you like it).

  7. Scatter remaining tablespoon of cubed butter over the top.

  8. Bake for 40–45 minutes until the top is golden brown and bubbly.

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  • Chana

    Posted by Chana loves to cook |2020-12-31 11:37:54
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  • Chana

    Posted by Chana loves to cook |2020-12-31 11:37:34
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  • D. Schiff

    Ricotta cheese replacement

    Even here in Monsey, NY I am not always able to find ricotta cheese. Is there anything else that is more commonly available that I can replace it with?
    Posted by D. Scchiff |December 11, 2020
    Replies:
    Esther Leah
    Even though it is recommended to use Ricotta, you can use cottage cheese or farmers cheese (which is a bit dryer than cottage cheese). It works fine.
    Posted by Esther Leah|December 11, 2020
    Chana Landman
    Try blending cottage cheese :) Depending on the recipe, farmer cheese may work as well.
    Posted by ChefChana|December 11, 2020
    D. Schiff
    I tried it tonight with cottage cheese (plain, without blending it) instead of ricotta cheese. It came out just as yummy BH & it ALL WENT! Thank you so much for your suggestion below Esther Leah!
    Posted by D. Scchiff|December 14, 2020
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  • Leah

    Posted by Lalala |2020-11-09 14:46:46
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  • Leah

    not good have had MUCH better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Posted by Lalala |2020-11-09 14:47:10
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  • D. Schiff

    Salt Content

    Even though I gave this a five star rating (because of taste, texture, smell, etc), I & others here still felt that 3 TABLESPOONS of salt was too much. Perhaps this might have been a typo? So I decreased it to about 3 TEAspoons (actually a sprinkling the first time- probably about a teaspoon or so) then 2 teaspoons the second time. We all felt it tasted MUCH better this way.
    Posted by D. Scchiff |2020-07-27 18:49:39
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  • michal weller

    the best baked ziti!!!

    Posted by m123 |2020-07-24 12:07:47
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  • Dina

    Posted by Dina S. |2020-07-22 11:06:46
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  • Rivky

    The best baked ziti

    I was shocked from the outcome!! I was never a baked ziti fan but this recipe was amazing! Can’t wait to make it again!! Thanks Danielle!
    Posted by Salama |2020-05-12 21:47:14
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  • Malky Kaufman

    THE BEST ZITI!!!

    Made this for my fam a while ago, and hubby, who usually claims ziti is a kids food, declared it heavenly. Will be making again tonight for dinner iy"H. Thanks Danielle!!
    Posted by [email protected] |2019-12-11 11:09:02
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  • Devoiry

    Easy to make

    Was delicious! I used spaghetti (cuz that's what I had at home) and it came out awesome!
    Posted by Shmueli |2019-03-31 16:37:55
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  • devorah katz

    freeze

    can I freeze this? at what point?
    Posted by devoiryk613 |January 8, 2019
    Replies:
    Chaia Frishman
    When it's cooked you can freeze it.
    Posted by Chaiaadmin|January 10, 2019
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  • sarah

    Posted by swolpin |2018-11-26 07:31:39
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  • sara

    Ricotta cheese replacement

    Looks good. Can i use sour cream (in Israel, shamenet) to replace the ricotta cheese? If so how much and which fat amount do you recommed?
    Posted by gold |November 18, 2018
    Replies:
    Esther Leah
    This might help. First of all you can get ricotta in most large supermarkets, by "Gad" cheese with a Rubin hechsher. The shamenet would be too runny. You could mix it with farmers cheese (Tov Ta'am- 3%)/ Or use cottage cheese. The ricotta is not cheap, nor is the Tov Ta'am, so if your problem is budget, stick with cottage. And I know that Danielle likes the ricotta better, and I'm not contradicting her because basically she is right, but I made lasagna with cottage instead of ricotta, and it turned out fine. The choice is of course yours.
    Posted by Esther Leah|November 18, 2018
    Tzippy
    You can also use an immersion blender to blend up the cottage cheese.
    Posted by TzippyBishop|December 1, 2018
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  • Fraidy

    Salt?

    Made this recipe was delicious but very salty. Was I suppose to use Kosher salt instead of regular salt or was the tbsp suppose to be tsps?
    Posted by chaya35 |November 17, 2018
    Replies:
    Esther Leah
    I looked at the video and Danielle added salt by hand and sprinkled, it looked like no more than a teaspoon each time. Watch it again and you will see.
    Posted by Esther Leah|November 18, 2018
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  • Monsey Cook

    Posted by RRW |2018-11-15 18:27:47
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  • Devorah

    Israel Riccotta Cheese

    YUM! Where can you get ricotta cheese in Israel? or what is the equivalent?
    Posted by dkranc |November 5, 2018
    Replies:
    sarah
    ריקוטה- גד It comes in a blue container
    Posted by swolpin|November 5, 2018
    Chaia Frishman
    I use cottage cheese in a pinch.
    Posted by Chaiaadmin|November 5, 2018
    Esther Leah
    As Sarah said, you can find ricotta cheese by the "Gad" company, in most of the large supermarkets, such as Yesh, Osher Ad, Shuk Ha'ir, etc., and even in some of the neighborhood stores. But the ricotta is quite expensive, and as Chaia stated it is possible to use cottage cheese instead. I used cottage cheese in lasagna and it was fine. Good luck.
    Posted by Esther Leah|November 6, 2018
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  • heller girls

    im making this

    Posted by heller girls |2018-11-02 16:37:31
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  • Chana

    Posted by Chana loves to cook |2020-12-31 11:37:54
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  • Chana

    Posted by Chana loves to cook |2020-12-31 11:37:34
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  • D. Schiff

    Salt Content

    Even though I gave this a five star rating (because of taste, texture, smell, etc), I & others here still felt that 3 TABLESPOONS of salt was too much. Perhaps this might have been a typo? So I decreased it to about 3 TEAspoons (actually a sprinkling the first time- probably about a teaspoon or so) then 2 teaspoons the second time. We all felt it tasted MUCH better this way.
    Posted by D. Scchiff |2020-07-27 18:49:39
    0
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  • D. Schiff

    Ricotta cheese replacement

    Even here in Monsey, NY I am not always able to find ricotta cheese. Is there anything else that is more commonly available that I can replace it with?
    Posted by D. Scchiff |December 11, 2020
    Replies:
    Esther Leah
    Even though it is recommended to use Ricotta, you can use cottage cheese or farmers cheese (which is a bit dryer than cottage cheese). It works fine.
    Posted by Esther Leah|December 11, 2020
    Chana Landman
    Try blending cottage cheese :) Depending on the recipe, farmer cheese may work as well.
    Posted by ChefChana|December 11, 2020
    D. Schiff
    I tried it tonight with cottage cheese (plain, without blending it) instead of ricotta cheese. It came out just as yummy BH & it ALL WENT! Thank you so much for your suggestion below Esther Leah!
    Posted by D. Scchiff|December 14, 2020
    0
  • devorah katz

    freeze

    can I freeze this? at what point?
    Posted by devoiryk613 |January 8, 2019
    Replies:
    Chaia Frishman
    When it's cooked you can freeze it.
    Posted by Chaiaadmin|January 10, 2019
    0
  • sara

    Ricotta cheese replacement

    Looks good. Can i use sour cream (in Israel, shamenet) to replace the ricotta cheese? If so how much and which fat amount do you recommed?
    Posted by gold |November 18, 2018
    Replies:
    Esther Leah
    This might help. First of all you can get ricotta in most large supermarkets, by "Gad" cheese with a Rubin hechsher. The shamenet would be too runny. You could mix it with farmers cheese (Tov Ta'am- 3%)/ Or use cottage cheese. The ricotta is not cheap, nor is the Tov Ta'am, so if your problem is budget, stick with cottage. And I know that Danielle likes the ricotta better, and I'm not contradicting her because basically she is right, but I made lasagna with cottage instead of ricotta, and it turned out fine. The choice is of course yours.
    Posted by Esther Leah|November 18, 2018
    Tzippy
    You can also use an immersion blender to blend up the cottage cheese.
    Posted by TzippyBishop|December 1, 2018
    0

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