Easy Baked Ziti with Ricotta

July 19, 2017
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Pasta with Sauce and Ricotta
A toddler approved meal!  Pasta with any tomato sauce, ricotta, and hidden veggies.  The wonderful thing about this recipe is it's easy, I can alter it based on what veggies I want to add, and I can add ricotta or cottage cheese.  Ricotta and cottage cheese are packed with protein and are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and selenium. If you want to add meat to it, go ahead! ....I also forgot to mention that it's delicious too!
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of water to boil to cook pasta until al dente following directions on box. Once cooked, drain pasta and set aside.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of water to boil to cook pasta until al dente following directions on box. Once cooked, drain pasta and set aside.
  2. Add tomato sauce gradually and to preference (you may not need to use the whole jar). Also mix in shredded cheese and ricotta. Note: Any store boat tomato sauce works or you can make your own!
    Add tomato sauce gradually and to preference (you may not need to use the whole jar). Also mix in shredded cheese and ricotta.

Note: Any store boat tomato sauce works or you can make your own!
  3. Transfer pasta to a 9 x 13 oven dish. Sprinkle lightly with more shredded cheese, if desired. Optional: add any sauteed mushrooms or cooked, diced sausage
    Transfer pasta to a 9 x 13 oven dish. Sprinkle lightly with more shredded cheese, if desired.

Optional: add any sauteed mushrooms or cooked, diced sausage
  4. Top with more cheese. Bake for 15 mins or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
    Top with more cheese.

Bake for 15 mins or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This recipe has a perfect base for an easy dinner and perfect weeknight leftovers.  Ricotta can be swapped for cottage cheese.  The cheese can even be opted out if you are not a fan.  Any sauteed veggies can be added like mushrooms, onions, peppers, etc.  Add a protein of choice to make it more filling. I like adding cooked Italian turkey sausage for an healthy, flavorful mix.

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