There’s got to be a gazillion different ways to make Baked Ziti. What is Baked Ziti you ask? Well, it’s pretty much any type of tubular pasta, like Penne or Rigatoni, but my personal favorite right now is Cavatappi, combined with Red sauce and Cheese, then baked in a casserole dish.
Let’s get started.
Once the pasta of your choice is cooked to al dente, drained well and returned to the pot, I stir in enough of my homemade Marinara to get it nice and saucy. Next goes in the cheese. Now most recipes call for three to even four different ones, but I went with grated Grana Padano and Mozzarella, give it a good toss and then dump it all into a baking vessel. Add some more cheese to the top and bake, uncovered at 350⁰ for about 20 minutes, until the cheese melts and turns a bit brown.
It’s that simple. This smells like Lasagna! I made enough for two pans of pasta. One stays here and the other goes to our next door neighbors for their lunch. All we need now is some nice bread and a salad.