Cheesy Baked Ziti
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- 3 3/4 cups ziti mostaccioli (about 12 oz.)
- 1 48-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning dried crushed
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded (about 2 cups)
- 1 egg
- 1 16-ounce container ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tablespoon parsley dried, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded (about 1 cup)
This recipe makes 6 servings.
Lightly grease a 3-quart oblong baking dish. Cook ziti or mostaccioli in salted water according to package directions, cooking for the minimum suggested time; drain.
In a medium bowl or in the jar, stir together spaghetti sauce and herb seasoning. Remove 2 cups and set aside. Stir remaining mixture into pasta. Place half of the pasta mixture in baking dish. Sprinkle 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese on top.
In a medium bowl, beat egg. Stir in ricotta. Parmesan, parsley and salt until blended. Spread in dish over mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining pasta. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Spread remaining spaghetti sauce evenly to edges of dish, coating all pasta. Cover loosely and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Bake casserole, uncovered, in a preheated 350° oven for 55 minutes or until very hot in center and edges are bubbly. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts. Serve with a large spoon.
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