Cheesy Baked Ziti

  • 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.

Baked Ziti Pasta

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