Cheesy Baked Ziti

  • Yield 5 to 7 servings

"I was tired of trying ziti recipes that didn't taste good, so I made up my own. My family loves it. My dad says it is his favorite."

Ingredients

12 ounces ziti pasta, cooked
12 ounces spaghetti sauce
1 pound Italian sausage, cooked
1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Ricotta cheese mixture:
15 ounces ricotta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, dried oregano, parsley flakes, ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with olive oil.
  3. Combine ricotta cheese mixture ingredients together in a bowl. Layer sauce, pasta, Italian sausage, ricotta cheese mixture and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
  4. Cover and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Serve with bread sticks and salad.

Tips From Our Test Kitchen: Fresh herbs and fresh garlic are good in the dish when available.

Carrie Lee, Tahlequah, Okla

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