Quick and Easy Baked Ziti on a white plate with garlic bread

Cheesy Baked Ziti

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


  • 1 (12 oz) box ziti or penne
  • 2 (25 oz) jars pasta sauce
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (16 oz) container ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray


Spray a 3-quart baking dish. Cook pasta according to package directions but slightly undercooking; drain. In a medium bowl combine pasta sauce and Italian seasoning. Remove 2 cups and set aside. Stir remaining sauce into cooked 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 and stir in ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, and salt until blended.

Place over the mozzarella cheese by dolloping with a spoon and gently spread. Top with remaining pasta, then sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Spread remaining pasta sauce evenly to edges of dish, coating all pasta.

Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350°F oven for 30 minutes or until very hot in center and edges are bubbly.

Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 3 to 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts.

  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Calories: 490