Baked Ziti! (A well-known, well-loved meal.)

I’m almost certain I’ve shared my recipe for baked ziti before. It’s so easy and I was craving cheesy, saucy goodness for a while. I decided to make it.

What you need:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 9 oz frozen spinach
  • 2 26 oz. jars of spaghetti sauce (+ salt and peper to taste)
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • half a package of Boca crumbles (or the like) — Totally optional or replaceable; I’ve made mine with real meat or white beans.
  • 2 splashes of white wine (Totally optional also.)
  • 1 lb pasta (ziti/penne)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup sour cream (light or fat free will do)
  • 6 slices of provolone cheese
  • 7 oz bag of shredded mozzarella

What you’ll do:

  1. Chop your onion and sauteed it in a drizzle of olive oil until softened. If you’re using actual meat, cook it now with the onion. (Deglaze the pan when your onions are soft with a splash of wine, if you please.)
  2. While you’re cooking your onion, boil some water to cook the pasta in. Don’t forget to add the noodles.
  3. Add the frozen spinach and the spaghetti sauce to your onions. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add beans or Boca crumbles, if using. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  5. Assemble your ziti. Oil a 13×9 pan, and layer like this:
    1. 1/2 of your ziti
    2. provolone
    3. sour cream
    4. 1/2 of the sauce
    5. other 1/2 of ziti
    6. bag of mozzarella
    7. other half of sauce
  6. Once assembled, cover loosely with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350*F. Uncover and bake for another 5. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

After you bake it, you eat it. I didn’t take photos of that because you all know what baked ziti looks like. Also, my family was there and super ready to eat. You don’t want to see how we eat.

I apologize for that last photo being all blurry and weird. I was just glad I FINALLY remembered to take photos!

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2 thoughts on “Baked Ziti! (A well-known, well-loved meal.)

  1. Lol @ #2 – Don’t forget to add the noodles. I’m guessing you speak from experience? :P

    So…what’s the difference between ziti and penne anyway, if there’s a difference at all? I googled “ziti” but it only led me to a wiki article about penne…

    Maybe the Italian girl up there can help explain, too. Hehe.

    And yay for finally remembering to take pics! Wish you’d gotten one of the end result though.

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