Three Cheese Baked Ziti

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Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

I’m gearing up for brand new episodes of my Facebook Live show “29 Minute Meals“,  with brand new 29 minute recipes, like this baked ziti vegetarian recipe! The show will be returning later this month, so be sure to follow my Facebook page for the premiere episode announcement, coming soon!

This three cheese baked ziti recipe was inspired by my favorite pizza at Jimmy and Joe’s Pizzeria in Phoenix. I always order it topped with dollops of ricotta cheese and it adds this amazing layer of creaminess to the pizza.

I decided to recreate this ricotta magic on topped of baked ziti and it was amazing!

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

Three Cheese Baked Ziti with Ricotta

To make this baked ziti vegetarian recipe, just toss cooked ziti pasta with your favorite spaghetti sauce, then top it with mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta cheese & a sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Pop it in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

If you can’t find ziti noodles at your grocery store, penne pasta is a great second option.

If you want to add meat to the dish, toss cooked and crumbled Italian seasoned ground beef or Italian sausage to the pasta and sauce, then top with the cheese and bake as instructed.

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

Do you need to cover baked ziti?

For this recipe, I do not cover the baked ziti, so that the three cheeses are under the direct heat and melt nicely over the dish in just 15 minutes.

How do you reheat baked ziti?

When reheating the baked ziti I do cover the dish with foil and pop it back into a 350°F oven for 15-20 minutes. This should reheat the dish throughout without drying it out. 

Can baked ziti be prepared ahead of time?

Absolutely! Cook the noodles, toss them with the sauce in a casserole dish, sprinkle the cheese on top, cover with foil and place into the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Because the dish will be cold coming straight from the fridge to the oven, you’ll want to add an extra 15 minutes to the cooking time at the beginning and you’ll want to cover the baked ziti with foil during that time, then remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

Looking for more easy Italian “29 Minute Meals”? Check out these 5 favorites!

  1. One Pot Shrimp Piccata Pasta
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  3. One Pot Ravioli with Creamy Pesto Sauce & Sausage
  4. Roasted Red Pepper Turkey Bolognese
  5. Bruschetta Chicken Parmesan

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

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Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!
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Three Cheese Baked Ziti

Three cheese baked ziti with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan is an easy 6 ingredient, 29 minute meal that is sure to become a weeknight dinner family favorite!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 845 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package ziti pasta
  • 4 cups spaghetti sauce click link for homemade 29 minute spaghetti sauce recipe!
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese finely shredded
  • 8 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ziti and cook for 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. Toss the ziti with the spaghetti sauce. Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with the mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Dollop the ricotta on top. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the dish.

  4. Place in the oven and bake uncovered for 15 minutes.