Delicious Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti is a standard Italian American dish, and can be modified by including a variety of ingredients to taste. I have often added chopped meatballs and sliced cooked sausage to make this dish even heartier. This dish is best when served warm with grated parmesan cheese.
1 lb. Box of Pasta (Ziti, Penne, etc.)
3 Cups Ricotta Cheese, Whole Milk
2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, Shredded
1 Egg, Beaten
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Grated
1 28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions (approx. 8-10 minutes for al dente pasta). Drain and place cooked pasta in a bowl with the ricotta. 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, egg, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, and 2 cups of the crushed tomatoes. Pour mixture into a well greased baking dish and top with remaining crushed tomatoes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese and 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.