Cheesy Baked “Ziti”

Whew.  I have had a very busy week+ entertaining and enjoying friends from out of town.  I have many more fabulous posts, but will begin with the one that I started long, long ago, in a kitchen actually not quite too far away…seriously folks…it’s like 5 ft from where I am currently sit sprawled out on the floor…

Baked Ziti.  It’s delicious.  Only it’s not technically Ziti, as it was made with Penne.  And, it’s easy…You will need 2 eggs, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, ~4 tbsp whipped cream cheese, splash of milk, a package of ziti penne, ~28 oz pasta sauce ( I used Ragu Clasico for convenience), and 1-1.5 cups mozzarella.

Egg, Parmesan, Whipped Cream Cheese, Splash of Milk
Look at that lovely steam cloud!
Cook your pasta as you normally would, drain, rinse with cold water, and mix in 28oz tomato sauce...

Primo Strato

Grease a 9x13 baking pan, spread half of the pasta with sauce evenly on the bottom

Secondo Strato

Pour and spread the cheese mixture over the 1st layer of is ok if it's a little runny...use some flour to thicken up if needed...

Terzo Strato

Spread the remaining pasta mix on top.

Lo Strato Finale…

Thanks to for my mini Italian lesson.
Dump as much mozzarella as you want on top. The recipe called for 1 cup, I probably used close to 2 cups
Bake in oven @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until well-heated and cheese is melted

Buon Appetito!!!

*Thanks to the web engine at for my mini Italian lesson!*

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Soft Package says:

    Wow. And you just whipped this up while we were dancing to cumbia all night..part of me is contemplating this decision as a bad one as I gaze at the cheesy pictures. Yum! Recipe? Oh, and yes please recipe for the mushroom topping for our crab muffins!

    1. The choice between cheese and dance is not always an easy one…maybe an impetus for a new food cart? Baked-Ziti-in-a-Cup: Catering all your favorite Cumbia spots!

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